Harrison pleased with first bullpen session

Harrison pleased with first bullpen session

ARLINGTON -- Matt Harrison threw live batting practice on Thursday afternoon with positive results, the left-hander's first action since being placed on the disabled list on May 12.

"It feels good to be back out there pitching. The first two or three were kind of wild ... I guess a little bit of jitters," Harrison said. "But after that I was pretty much locked in. I was keeping the ball down, using all my pitches and throwing everything for strikes."

Harrison, who went on the DL with biceps tendinitis, is scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Saturday and is scheduled to pitch Monday and Wednesday with Double-A Frisco.

"I'm going to let it go 100 percent and make sure everything is out of there and good to go," Harrison said.

It's still unclear what Harrison's role will be when he returns. His replacement, left-handed pitcher Derek Holland, is 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his first two starts and Harrison could return as a reliever rather than as a starter.

But Rangers manager Ron Washington hasn't reached a decision on that just yet. The team could know something by the weekend, however.

"Right now, the only decision that we've made is that he threw 30 out there today in a simulated game," Washington said. "Once he finishes his bullpen on Saturday I think we'll sit down and decide where he's going to fit."

Harrison doesn't have much experience working out of the bullpen, but is willing to do whatever it takes to return to the team.

"I've pitched in the bullpen a couple of times but I've never pitched in the bullpen in a situation where I didn't know when I was going pitch," Harrison said. "I've always had time to get ready and what inning I was going into. So it will be a little bit different."