Third baseman Adrian Beltre and left-hander Matt Harrison are expected to come off the disabled list this weekend at Seattle and provide another boost for the surging Texas Rangers.
Beltre (strained left quadriceps) will be activated Friday before the opener of a three-game series at Safeco Field, and Harrison (back) will be reinstated Sunday in time to start the finale.
Though Beltre has been out only a minute stretch compared to Harrison, who missed almost all of last season, he is pining to get back. The performance of Kevin Kouzmanoff, who will return to a bench role, has helped Beltre cope with an unwanted stint on the DL.
“I couldn’t have done any better,” Beltre said. “He’s helping the team win ballgames. That’s made it easier on me.”
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Harrison missed almost all of last season with a herniated disc and has been toiling on a rehab assignment to start the season. He was initially scheduled for Friday, with Colby Lewis in tow Saturday, but the Rangers have set up the rotation so that Harrison and Lewis won’t have to pitch May 5-6 at Colorado during a two-game interleague series.
“We don’t want them on the base paths, and we don’t want them swinging the bat,” manager Ron Washington said.
Robbie Ross will start Friday and be followed by Lewis and Harrison, who will gladly trade a chance to be activated for a chance to hit.
“I haven’t swung a bat in a long time,” Harrison said, who last pitched a big-league game last April. “I’m just glad to finally get a chance to get back here. The way it went last year, I didn’t think I’d ever pitch again.”
Not all injury news Wednesday was good news. Kouzmanoff was out of the lineup with lingering back stiffness, but he is expected to return after the off day today.
Left-hander Pedro Figueroa, though, was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation after leaving Tuesday night’s game after one pitch. He returned to Texas for an MRI exam.