SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Matt Harrison is scheduled to return to the mound Tuesday when he pitches two innings in a "B" game against the Royals. Harrison was scratched from his last start Saturday with inflammation in a toe on his left foot but threw a bullpen session Sunday without any problems.
"I threw 40-something pitches with no pain," Harrison said. "I tried to do a little extra and see if there was and there was no pain. Then I did some [fielding work] and there was no pain. I should be good to go."
Harrison and Yu Darvish are the two candidates to be the Rangers' Opening Day starter. If Harrison has no problems Tuesday and no further setbacks, he still has time to make three more starts in Spring Training in preparation for Opening Day on March 31 or the second game April 2 against the Astros in Houston.
Manager Ron Washington has not announced his Opening Day starter but Harrison is the leading candidate based on his 18-win season in 2012.
"As long as Harrison can pitch, we'll figure that out as we go deeper into Spring Training," Harrison said. "It's not something we're worried about right now. It's nice to hear there are no issues so he can continue to work."
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