ARLINGTON -- Matt Harrison is ready to pitch for the Rangers on Friday night against the Athletics. Derek Holland is ready to pitch for Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday to begin his medical rehabilitation assignment.
Harrison was fine on Monday, one day after leaving a start against the Rockies with some stiffness in his lower back/hip area. He was taken out as a precautionary measure after five scoreless innings of Texas' 4-2 win, and the Rangers did so against Harrison's will.
"If something had happened, we'd all be out of a job," manager Ron Washington said.
Holland is ready to pitch in a game after throwing 48 pitches without a problem in a bullpen session on Sunday. He is scheduled to pitch for Round Rock on Wednesday, and the plan is to throw 50 pitches. His next start would be for Round Rock on Monday.
The Rangers aren't sure yet if he'll need a third start, but it's a possibility. He has been on the disabled list since June 6 because of the effects of a stomach virus.
"We've got to get his pitch count up," Washington said.