ARLINGTON, Texas -- Despite still not passing a kidney stone, Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison said he's planning on starting Tuesday's game against the Tigers.
Harrison, 25, went to a Cleveland hospital on Friday night because of the pain and then stayed at the team hotel on Saturday. He was back at the ballpark on Sunday and threw a bullpen session.
“It was fine," Harrison said about the bullpen session. "I didn’t feel any pain throwing. I ran to see if it would hurt bouncing up and down and that was fine. I guess tomorrow I’ll just go out there and throw.”
Harrison said Monday that he experiences pain in the mornings when he wakes up and sometimes late at night, but doesn't believe it will impact his ability to pitch on Tuesday.
The Rangers, though, will have a backup plan. Dave Bush is slated to spot start (again) if he isn't needed in Monday's game.
* Josh Hamilton said he tried to back off a little bit in Tampa Bay to guard against injuries, but "felt off" and isn't worrying about it any more. He said he'll try to play as smart as he can but can't alter his game much. "I'm telling myself to just relax and play," Hamilton said.
He said he didn't fight manager Ron Washington when he told him he was getting a day off, saying he knows he needs the time and has to utilize it wisely.
"I need my rest and can take time to work on things, but also give my body a break," Hamilton said. "I feel good."
Hamilton noted that usually in rehab assignments he gets a chance to play the field for five innings, then six, seven, etc. This time, he was only the DH, so he didn't get that easing in period. That makes the off days important. And he added that despite hitting two homers in two days, he doesn't believe getting a day off will hurt his rhythm.
* Brandon Webb said he could throw a bullpen session Tuesday or Wednesday and then hopefully pitch in a game after that. His rehab was stalled last week with rotator cuff inflammation, but he says medication appears to be working and he feels better. But he's yet to throw hard since feeling the discomfort, so the club will see how he feels after his next session and decide the next step from there.
* Washington said his team will have to grind through a tough stretch of road games this month. They are only in Arlington for three days before heading back out for a 10-game, 11-day trip through Minnesota, New York and Atlanta. "How do you stay fresh in 101-degree heat out there?" Washington said. "That's what the schedule is and we have to keep getting after it."
* Washington said he put Craig Gentry in as a defensive replacement for Endy Chavez on Sunday in Cleveland because he feels like Gentry can run down balls in the gap better and he wanted to be sure anything hit deep could be snagged.
* Scott Feldman (right knee) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today. He says he's curious to see how he feels following it.