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March 12, 2013

Matt Harrison has no issues with toe; set for Opening Day start?

SURPRISE, Ariz. – The toe is good to go and Matt Harrison appears to be on track to start Opening Day.

Harrison, who was scratched from his last scheduled start Saturday with inflammation on his second toe on his left foot, worked the first two innings of a ‘B’ game against the Royals on Tuesday morning.

He allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts over his two-inning, 37-pitch outing.

“The toe was good, no pain, no issues,” Harrison said. “Pitching, I felt great. This is the best I felt all spring and I think it’s because I didn’t have to worry about that issue and my legs were back under me and I was able to get better action than the past two games.”

Harrison met with Mizuno reps before he pitched and is looking at getting a different style cleat with more support. He had considered getting more customized orthotics for his cleats, but taped up the area well enough to pitch.

Harrison expects to pitch again on Saturday at the Rangers' complex in Arizona. He does not know if he’ll pitch in the exhibition game or a minor-league game.

Still, if Harrison pitches Saturday, he would be in line to start the season-opener against the Astros on March 31 in Houston. His remaining Cactus League starts would be on March 21 and 26, leaving him the standard four days’ rest before the regular season starts.

Harrison has not been told he’s the Opening Day starter, though.

“They haven’t said anything about that yet,” Harrison said.

-- Drew Davison

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