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." 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."
Guerrero's hot bat returns to form
ARLINGTON -- The Angels were second in the American League in runs scored in 2009. Going into Friday's games they were tied for the fourth fewest runs scored and were dealing with a seven-game losing streak.Maybe their offense is missing Vladimir Guerrero. "And [Chone] Figgins," Guerrero said. "They miss everybody they let get away," said reliever Darren Oliver, another ex-Angel. "Vlady is proving a lot of people wrong. He looks like he did when he was healthy. He wasn't healthy last year. But now he looks like the old Vlady and having fun. I like it." Guerrero hit two more home runs on Thursday night, one in the sixth inning and one in the eighth inning. Both home runs gave the Rangers the lead. It was the 40th multi-homer game of Guerrero's career and the fifth time both home runs represented go-ahead runs. It's the first time he's hit two go-ahead home runs in the sixth inning or later. The last time a Rangers player did that was Juan Gonzalez back in 1992. "I've had a lot of chances in my career to have great games," Guerrero said. "But we were winning, they tied it up, my homer put us winning again ... it was a great game for me."
Cruz ready for rehab assignment on Monday
ARLINGTON -- Nelson Cruz, on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, tested his injury with some heavy-duty baserunning on Friday afternoon and had no problems. He is still on schedule to join Double-A Frisco on medical rehabilitation assignment on Monday and Tuesday. If all goes well, he should be activated on Wednesday."I will have a light workout tomorrow and then run again on Sunday to make sure I'm good," Cruz said. "But I feel good." Cruz was placed on the disabled list on April 27 and was hitting .323 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs in 19 games.
Rangers infielder Joaquin Arias, on the disabled list with a strained lower back, is scheduled to begin a medical rehabilitation assignment on Saturday with Frisco.
Lewin has fond memories of Harwell
ARLINGTON -- Rangers broadcaster Josh Lewin spent four years in Detroit, in 1998-2001, and became good friends with legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 92.When I got to Detroit, the Tigers were just starting up on FOX Sports Detroit and I was a fresh-faced, snot-nosed, unpolished kid," Lewin said. "Ernie was the first person to reach out, get my number and call me up. He told me anything I needed just call him. I thought he was just being nice. "But when I got to Spring Training, I got to the hotel and there was a message from Ernie. He invited me over to his condo so that Miss LuLu and him could cook me dinner. I went over there with my knees shaking, he was an idol of mine growing up. I thought I'd be over for maybe an hour, but I was over there for five hours. He didn't talk about himself at all, he asked about my dreams and aspirations. It was just a great gesture and made it easier for me in Detroit." Harwell revealed last September that he was dealing with inoperable cancer, but that didn't keep him from staying in touch with friends like Lewin. "About a month ago he called me up looking for a phone number and all he asked about was how my wife and kids were doing," Lewin said. "We were talking about me for 3-4 minutes and I said, 'Ernie we have this wrong, I'm supposed to be asking about you.' But he didn't want to talk about himself. He was more concerned about everything in Texas. "He was one of the nicest, most gracious people I've ever met."
Rangers had another early session of bunting on Friday. Among those out early dropping bunts were Elvis Andrus, Julio Borbon, David Murphy, Max Ramirez, Craig Gentry, Joaquin Arias, Matt Treanor and Andres Blanco. ... Triple-A Oklahoma City's Jarrod Saltalamacchia has a 12-game hitting streak going into Friday's game against the Iowa Cubs. He will be facing Iowa starter Thomas Diamond, the former Rangers No. 1 Draft pick who is 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA. ... Colby Lewis still leads the league in strikeouts. But opponents are also hitting .199 off of him. That's the fifth lowest batting average among qualifying pitchers in the American League. Opponents are hitting .093 against Lewis with runners in scoring position, third lowest in the league.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.