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July 08, 2013

Matt Harrison eyes late-August return to Rangers

Left-hander Matt Harrison continues to target late August as a realistic timeframe for him to come off the disabled list after two operations in late April and early May to fix a herniated disc.

Harrison, the Texas Rangers’ starter on Opening Day, said that he is trying to get his body used to pitching again after taking two months off from any kind of throwing, and he’s also trying to get back into shape.

He has taken to playing catch off the mound to get his legs and hips moving downhill again, but perhaps the most difficult activity he has encountered is running outdoors after taking his first strides on a treadmill.

"I thought I was pretty good until I stepped outside," said Harrison, who started only two games before hitting the DL.

There was some talk after the second surgery about Harrison not returning this year, but the rehab has gone smoothly enough to rule that out. He is hoping to throw a bullpen session shortly after the All-Star break and to be pitching on a rehab assignment by the beginning of August.

"But everything has to go right for that to happen," he said. "Every day I get better and my confidence grows."

-- Jeff Wilson

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