ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Harrison, fresh off a strong rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Saturday, says he is ready to make his Rangers 2014 debut.
But as of yet, the Rangers are not ready to say when that return will be.
Harrison will make the upcoming West Coast road trip with the team, but manager Ron Washington in Sunday’s pre-game media conference said no game plan yet has been formed for Harrison’s debut start.
“We haven’t had a chance to address it," Washington said. “He’ll be with us so we can get eyes on him, rather than second-hand info. I know talking with Matt he was happy about his outing Saturday."
Harrison said in his mind, he is ready now. “I’ve been lobbying. I have been for awhile," Harrison said. “I think they want to see how everything goes the next few days."
On Saturday, Harrison’s velocity reached 94 mph in the fourth inning of his rehab start, better than recent previous readings and close to what he was throwing before his back surgery and long rehab. In eight shutout innings, he allowed only three hits and one walk.
“I was much better from the mental aspect," Harrison said. “With quick innings, good things happen."
Whenever he steps on a major league mound again to begin his comeback, the 28-year-old left-hander with a 48-32 career record said he’ll “take a breath, but I don’t want to relax just because I got back."
Key hit: Josh Wilson provided the Rangers biggest hit in Saturday’s 6-3 win over the White Sox, a two-out, two-run single.
“Two-out RBIs are something every team preaches,’’ Wilson said. “Momentum comes from them. And there is also what it does to the defensive team."
On Friday night, Robinson Chirinos, in the bottom spot of the batting order, had three hits and two RBIs. Wilson was hitting ninth Saturday.
“When you get nine guys that can win a game for you, I hope that’s where we’re at," he said.
Wilson, batting in the fourth inning with the Rangers leading 2-1, picked on a 1-2 Jose Quintana fastball and sent it into left field. “He made a pretty good pitch, up and in, and I didn’t hit it all that well, but it dropped in."
Wilson and Donnie Murphy have been sharing playing time at second base while Jurickson Profar’s right shoulder injury mends.
Washington said his general plan for Wilson and Murphy is two days on, two days off because he wants to keep them sharp.
“They both can play," Washington said.