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Harrison dealing with soreness in bicep

Harrison dealing with soreness in bicep

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is still scheduled to pitch on Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics, even though he is dealing with some stiffness and soreness in his left bicep tendon.

Harrison had to leave Thursday's game because of the problem and was still dealing with it on Friday.

"It's still sore there and stiff," Harrison said. "Basically I did my running and lifting and I've been icing it twice a day. I don't know for certain what will happen, if they're going to skip me. I'm trying to stick with my routine and see what they want to do."

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The Rangers have a day off on Monday. That allows them to push Harrison back in the rotation as far back as next Saturday. That would keep the other four starters pitching on four days' rest, but manager Ron Washington said he hasn't discussed that yet with pitching coach Mike Maddux.

"We'll see how he is when he throws his [between starts] bullpen," Washington said. "But right now he's scheduled to go when he's scheduled to go."

Washington said the Rangers haven't discussed putting Harrison on the disabled list and calling up Derek Holland from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Holland is 4-1 with a 0.93 ERA at Oklahoma City.

"We haven't considered any changes," Washington said.

Harrison, who had an 8-0 lead after three innings, really started feeling the problem in the fifth inning and tried to pitch through it. But he was taken out after five, having allowed four runs.

"I really got a lot of stiffness in that last inning," Harrison said. "I didn't want to get taken out of that game with an opportunity to go five innings and get a win. But I struggled to get through that last inning."

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