Texas Rangers

April 21, 2014

Matt Harrison could pitch for Rangers this weekend

The left-hander must show that he has recovered from working eight scoreless innings Saturday in a rehab start.

Matt Harrison threw a light bullpen session Monday at O.co Coliseum and will throw a more intense one Tuesday before pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins decide whether the left-hander will come off the disabled list this weekend at Seattle.

Harrison made his most impressive rehab start to date Saturday, allowing only three hits in eight scoreless innings for Double A Frisco. He logged 86 pitches and should be able to handle a 100-pitch workload.

“I feel like I’m there,” said Harrison, who is trying to return from two back operations last season.

The Rangers, though, want to make sure that Harrison doesn’t have any issues from recovering from his longest outing since 2012. He would likely start for Triple A Round Rock if he’s asked to make another rehab start.

“He’s just got to show if he can recover, and then it’s up to Mike and Hawk to see if he slots,” manager Ron Washington said.

No sports hate

Mike Napoli called his 2011 desire to beat his former team, the Los Angeles Angels, “sports hate.” He remained friendly with many Angels players, but he badly wanted to beat the team that traded him away.

Michael Choice, though, didn’t have the same motivation Monday as the Rangers faced off against Oakland, which traded him in December for outfielder Craig Gentry.

“I look at it as a good thing for me,” said Choice, who is playing about 15 minutes from where he lives. “It’ll be interesting being on the other side.”

Choice said that he is satisfied with his performance as a bench player after getting regular at-bats in every previous season since turning pro after Oakland made him the 10th overall selection in the 2010 draft.

Manager Ron Washington agreed, and said that he will continue to get Choice a couple games a week against left-handers and some pinch-hitting opportunities. Choice will start Tuesday against A’s lefty Tommy Millone.

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