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Definitely a team that knows all about injured starters, the Rangers got mixed news this past weekend. Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison is closing in on beginning rehab while fellow starter Nick Tepesch is not getting any healthier according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Harrison, who hasn’t pitched since mid-April following multiple back surgeries, is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday.
Harrison will throw two innings at Double-A or Triple-A and will probably make at least 4-5 starts in the minors before rejoining the Rangers.
Harrison made his first All-Star team last season at age 26 and then started on Opening Day for the Rangers this season, but went 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in two starts before being shut down. If healthy he’d provide another boost to Texas’ rotation, but recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk makes him no sure thing to make a stretch-run impact.
Nick Tepesch, who is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, remains limited in his throwing and has not yet started throwing off a mound. He has been on the disabled list since July 6th.
Tepesch experienced elbow soreness during a light throwing session before being DLed, and the club responded with what manager Ron Washington called a “precautionary” move. With the All-Star break approaching, Tepesch was slated to return on July 23rd against the New York Yankees but that was not possible with his lack of progress.
Tepesch began the season quite well with a 2.53 ERA in April winning 2 of 4 starts. But then things got rocky and his earned run average ballooned to 4.85 and since April has gone 2-5.
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