Harrison headed to Texas 'pen upon return

Harrison headed to Texas 'pen upon return

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said following Sunday's loss to the Cubs that left-hander Matt Harrison will move to the bullpen when he returns from his stay on the disabled list.

Harrison met with Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux prior to the game, as the decision was reached that Harrison would not return to his starting role. The bullpen, which has been one of the most worked relief corps in the American League this season, has only one southpaw in Darren Oliver.

Harrison began the season as a starter before being placed on the DL on May 12 with biceps tendinitis. He was 1-1 with a 5.29 ERA in six starts. However, his replacement, Derek Holland, has found success. In three starts this season, Holland has compiled a 2-0 record with a 2.60 ERA.

Harrison will pitch Monday on a rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco, and again on Wednesday. After that, he'll be reevaluated, and a decision might be made on when he will return to the Rangers.

The left-hander threw 60 pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday and said he felt fine on Sunday. He also threw 30 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday.