Matt Harrison seems to understand what is in front of him, and it's a long, uphill climb to get back to the big-league mound.
But the left-handed pitcher, who has made just six starts in the past two seasons, is throwing, and he's starting to ramp up a bit, as he was throwing from 75 feet in Wednesday's winter workout with the Rangers.
The plan for Harrison, now, is to take a mound for the first time sometime in mid-March, assuming there are no further issues. And so far, so good.
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"Everything feels good so far," he told Fox Sports. "Each day has been good so far. Once I get loose everything feels good and the arm feels fresh."
That's great news to hear, and it's also good to hear Harrison isn't rushing anything to try to be ready for Opening Day. He said he just wants to make sure he's good to go, even if it's sometime this summer.
"I've moved past thinking if this is going to hurt," said Harrison, who has been throwing for three weeks. "I look past that stuff now. I'm not worried about going to spring training and trying to make the team. I'm just focused on getting it right."
And make no mistake, if it does "get right" there will definitely be a place on the Rangers roster for him.