He was 9-6 with a 4.10 ERA in 19 starts and that's why he came into camp as the leading candidate for the fourth spot. He was also off to a strong start before being scratched on Thursday night."It's an unfortunate thing that happened," Hunter said. "I don't know what to tell you. I'll get out there as soon as I can." Wilson pitched against the Cubs on Tuesday and allowed just one run in four innings while receiving rave reviews. Harrison answered back on Thursday. "C.J. did a great job," Harrison said. "He's pitching his tail off. Everybody on the staff is trying to win a spot. He's helping his cause and I'm trying to do the same thing, and be as good or better than the next guy." Harrison, scheduled to pitch four innings, entered the game in the fifth and Guillermo Moscoso and Willie Eyre got through four. Harrison gave up an infield single to start his night, then retired nine straight hitters. Seven were on strikeouts, including five in a row. "It was pretty fun," Harrison said. "I usually don't get many strikeouts. It was pretty exciting to get that many strikeouts in a row. But some of those strikeouts were on 3-2 pitches. I ran my pitch count more than I wanted to." He did walk the leadoff batter in the eighth, his last inning of work. That led to a couple of runs when on a bloop double to right and another double that grounded inside the third base bag. The leadoff walk was the only sin on another superb outing. For the spring, Harrison has a 2.00 ERA. In nine innings, he has allowed two runs on eight hits, one walk and 10 strikeouts. The pitching competition is fierce. Hunter can't afford to miss time.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.