Harrison to start Saturday againts Dodgers

SURPRISE, Ariz.-- LHP Matt Harrison is making his first start in an 'A' game since March 2 when the Texas Rangers take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in a split-squad game on Saturday at Surprise Stadium.

Harrison was scratched from his last start on March 9 due to inflammation in a toe on his left foot. He returned to the mound for a 'B' game appearance on Tuesday and gave up two runs in two innings. The outing was intended to keep him on a somewhat regular pitching schedule after the layoff.

The 27-year old is scheduled to throw four or five innings today depending on his stamina and pitch count, as he resumes getting ready for the rigors of the regular season.

"I was supposed to pitch on Saturday and that would have been seven days, so that was already stretching it," Harrison said. "After throwing the two innings the other day, I couldn't wait to get right back out there and throw four and get stretched out."

On Saturday, Harrison will wear a new cleat from the same manufacturer and use the same orthotic insert as in the past.

Harrison struggled in his spring debut, allowing four runs on six hits in one inning on Feb. 24. He rebounded well in his second outing by allowing just three hits in three scoreless innings against Arizona on March 2.

Other injury notes:

RHP Colby Lewis (surgery - torn flexor tendon) and Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) both threw a bullpen session on Friday.

C Eli Whiteside (mild left calf strain) has resumed baseball activities and is listed as day-to-day.

LHP Martin Perez (fractured left ulna) is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately four weeks.

Team notes:

Reliever Jason Frasor will throw an inning today, after allowing two runs in two-thirds of an inning during an appearance in a minor league game on Thursday. Prior to that, Frasor was unscored upon in four innings in 'A' games.

RHP Lisalverto Bonilla is scheduled to make his first appearance since being promoted to the major league camp roster on Tuesday. He threw a scoreless inning in his Rangers debut last Saturday against Oakland, but that was as a minor league extra. Bonilla was acquired from Philadelphia during the offseason, as part of the Michael Young trade.

Rangers in WBC update:

LHP Derek Holland will return to Rangers camp soon after Team USA was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic on Saturday. Holland is scheduled to throw in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Three Rangers remain in the WBC. Nelson Cruz and Leurys Garcia are with the Dominican Republic while Jurickson Profar is with Team Netherlands after joining them on Wednesday. Profar will make his WBC debut on Monday in a semi-final game against the winner of tonight's Dominican Republic-Puerto Rico game.

Texas has no fielding errors in its last eight games, dating back to March 6 against the Cubs in Surprise (Alexi Ogando).

Jeff Baker currently leads the major leagues with a .514 batting average and .550 on-base percentage. His 19 hits lead the Cactus League and are the second most in the majors (B.J. Upton, 20).

Today marks the second and final spring game between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers. The teams played to an 11-11 tie on March 7 in Glendale when Los Angeles scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.