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April 09, 2013

Matt Harrison's status uncertain for Thursday's start

Matt Harrison, dealing with lower back stiffness for the past two weeks, doesn’t know if he’ll be able to make his next start Thursday in Seattle.

Harrison didn’t throw a scheduled bullpen on Tuesday and only played catch. He said he felt some improvement Tuesday and was “optimistic” about his chances of making the start.

Still, Harrison is feeling weakness in his left, push-off leg when he pitches because of it.

“Right now, we’re taking it day to day,” Harrison said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. At least there is improvement today.”

General manager Jon Daniels said the team was leaning toward playing it safe, which means Derek Lowe could fill in as a spot starter Thursday. The team could also call up Justin Grimm, who is at Triple A Round Rock.

“Being that it’s April, we’re probably more inclined to be a little cautious and play it smart,” Daniels said. “He’s such an important part of the rotation and the club. We haven’t made any decisions yet, but we’re leaning to be cautious and give him a little time.”

-- Drew Davison

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