Harrison finds, fixes mechanical flaw

Harrison finds, fixes mechanical flaw

CLEVELAND -- Matt Harrison had his customary between-starts bullpen session on Friday, and he may have worked out a mechanical flaw that has caused problems in his last couple of starts.

Pitching coach Mike Maddux told Harrison that his head wasn't staying straight in his delivery and instead was drifting to the side. That was causing him to throw from an awkward angle and "sling" the ball rather than throw it properly. Harrison immediately made the correction and noticed a big difference.

"I started hitting my spots with my fastball and everything else," Harrison said. "That definitely built some confidence in me."

Harrison has allowed 14 earned runs over his last two starts, driving up his ERA, from 1.66 to 5.41.

Harrison's next start is Monday, against the Orioles. He is being moved ahead of Neftali Feliz, who is being pushed back to Tuesday. The flip-flop allows the Rangers to get their rotation back in the order they wanted: Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Yu Darvish, Harrison and Feliz. But it will be the second straight start that Feliz has pitched with at least six days since the previous one.

The Rangers don't have another day off until May 24, so the rotation should remain set until then unless weather intervenes.