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April 23, 2013

Rangers notes: Matt Harrison already feeling better; May 6 for Cubs makeup game

Left-hander Matt Harrison had surgery Tuesday morning to fix a herniated disc, and felt better as soon as he woke up.

He was experiencing normal soreness from the operation, but the pain in his legs because of the irritated nerve was gone. The Rangers, though, are still anticipating that their Opening Day starter will be out until after the All-Star break.

"The surgery went as expected," general manager Jon Daniels said. "No surprises."

Daniels, though, seemed surprised that left-hander Charlie Leesman turned down an assignment to the Rangers after they claimed him Friday.

Leesman, recovering from ACL surgery, would have been optioned to Triple A and put on the disabled list there. He would have worked as a starter, but told the Rangers that he didn't like his chances at the big leagues because his return would have coincided with the returns of Colby Lewis and Martin Perez.

Right-hander Josh Lindblom, a reliever in spring training and over his first two big-league seasons, is an option for the rotation should another starter be injured. Lindblom worked five innings and threw 94 pitches in his last start for Round Rock.

The Rangers' union rep, Derek Holland, said that the Rangers are likely going to play the Chicago Cubs at 1:20 p.m. May 6 to make up last week's rainout at Wrigley Field. May 9 had been under consideration, and May 6 required a vote of approval by the Cubs.

The Rangers play at Milwaukee on May 7-8.

-- Jeff Wilson



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