Rangers could swap Yu, Harrison in rotation

Rangers could swap Yu, Harrison in rotation

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said he is thinking about switching Matt Harrison and Yu Darvish in the rotation. No decision has been reached yet, but Washington said it is something he'll discuss with pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins.

"That's something we'll think about and decide on the off-day and let you know Tuesday," Washington said before Sunday's game with the Twins.

The Rangers have an off-day on Monday, and that allows them to consider the switch. Right now, Harrison is scheduled to pitch on Thursday and Darvish on Friday. But they could move Darvish up to Thursday and have him pitch on the normal five days' rest. Harrison, who is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA after two starts, would go back to Friday.

The main reason to do this is to "break up" the left-handers. That means Derek Holland and Harrison wouldn't be pitching back-to-back but would have Darvish starting in between them.

"We haven't decided anything yet," Washington said. "Right now, we're busy with the Minnesota Twins."