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Harrison on track to possibly start Opening Day

Scratched Saturday, lefty feels good after throwing 37 pitches in 'B' game

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Matt Harrison is back on track. The Rangers have even likely put him on track to be their Opening Day starter even though they have not made an official announcement.

Harrison, who was scratched from Saturday's start with inflammation in a toe on his left foot, returned to the mound on Tuesday, throwing 37 pitches in a "B" game against the Royals. He allowed two runs on four hits, but there were a couple of broken-bat singles and a double to center on a line drive that Julio Borbon had trouble tracking. Harrison walked one and struck out two.

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"Toe is good; no pain, no issues," Harrison said. "I just focused on making my pitches. I didn't feel anything at all. Hopefully this is over with."

Harrison said the outing was the best he's felt all spring.

"I felt my legs were under me and I was getting better action on all my pitches," Harrison said.

Harrison said his next start will likely be on Saturday against the Dodgers in Surprise or in another Minor League game. If so, that will be the first of three starters he has left in Spring Training. If Harrison pitches every fifth day, then he would pitch March 21 against the Angels (or in a Minor League game) and March 26 against the White Sox.

That would put him in line to pitch Opening Day against the Astros on March 31 in Houston.

"They haven't said anything about that yet," Harrison said.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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