Rangers to skip Harrison's next start

Rangers to skip Harrison's next start

Rangers to skip Harrison's next start
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will skip left-hander Matt Harrison on Tuesday at Tampa Bay against the Rays, deciding to start Scott Feldman in his place, manager Ron Washington announced on Saturday.

Harrison, who gave up seven earned runs in five innings against the Red Sox in his start on Wednesday, will take the mound next in Boston on Sept. 4, 11 days after his previous start.

"We just felt like he was the one that needed it the most," Washington said. "We've got something in place for [Alexi] Ogando, too, but that's further down the road."

Harrison will pitch in the bullpen, and possibly be used for individual innings at a time during his rest period.

"Just the fact that we're in uncharted waters, and we're just doing what we can to get through it. That's all," Washington said.

Harrison said that he wanted to start, but he understood the decision and didn't see much use in protesting.

"I don't think it would have been much good," Harrison said. "It's in my best interest to skip a start. I haven't rested since the All-Star break. They know it has been a while since I've thrown this many innings, and they'd rather have me good and ready to go for the last five starts than to keep pounding away and making it worse."

Washington also announced that Saturday's starter, C.J. Wilson, would be starting every fifth day, regardless of whose turn it is in the rotation.

That move buys the Rangers another start from their ace at the expense of a start from Ogando.

The team is concerned with Ogando and Harrison becoming fatigued. Harrison's career high in innings is 167 2/3 innings between the Minors and Rangers in 2008. He has pitched 153 innings this season.

Even though Holland has already thrown a career high in innings, Washington said the organization was not as concerned about him because he did not appear fatigued. He has pitched 165 1/3 innings this season, topping his career high of 150 2/3 innings in 2008 between three Minor League levels.