ARLINGTON -- Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison, who has been on the disabled list most of the season and has undergone two back surgeries, threw batting practice on Wednesday for the first time. Harrison threw 25 pitches without any problems and will have another session on Saturday in Cleveland.
"I felt really good," Harrison said. "I definitely feel I'm ready to ramp things up. My arm felt great and my back felt good. I was able to hit my spots. I feel my stuff is there and my velocity will get [higher] the more times I get out there. I'm very pleased with the way the ball feels coming out of my hand and the movement and hitting my spots."
Harrison won 18 games for the Rangers last season, when he was named to the American League All-Star team. He was the Rangers' Opening Day pitcher this season but made just two starts before undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. The Rangers still don't expect Harrison back until the end of August.
Right-hander Colby Lewis, who is three days away from hitting the one-year anniversary of his surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow, is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday. Nick Tepesch, who is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, is still limited to long toss.
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.