Matt Harrison's future as an MLB pitcher is still very much up in the air, and that was apparent a couple of weeks ago when he made his return to a big-league mound after a 14-month layoff with an unprecedented spinal fusion surgery.
Harrison struggled to reach the upper 80s with his fastball and his command wasn't nearly good enough to compensate for a very hittable velocity with his fastball. The result was six hits, six runs, one strikeout and three walks in four innings of work in a 7-4 loss to the Diamondbacks.
He makes his second start since his monumental, emotional return on Tuesday night in Colorado — not exactly a great locale for a pitcher trying to find his way, even if the Rockies are even worse than the Rangers against left-handed pitching. With all that in mind, Harrison will need some better results on Tuesday, not only for his own confidence but also for the Rangers' confidence in him.
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At this point with the Rangers postseason aspirations taking a massive nosedive, you have to think the Rangers will give Harrison the rest of the year to show he can be a part of their future plans, and he can start turning things around on Tuesday against the Rockies.