Harang ready to make his spring debut on Monday

Harang ready to make his spring debut on Monday

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- After throwing in the bullpen the day before, right-hander Aaron Harang said Saturday he expects to make his first Grapefruit League start against the Orioles on Monday at Ed Smith Stadium.

He has been in limbo with what pitching coach Bob McClure described as a "twinge" in his back. Manager Ryne Sandberg said he was "nicked up."

Harang also ran through a fundamentals drill on the half-field Saturday morning. "It feels good. Everything was good," Harang said.

"Everything was good, nothing there. I was never worried about it. That's the whole point of Spring Training. There's no reason to push anything now. It's not important. Just making sure everything's right and you can go out and not have any problems."

Harang, who turns 37 in May, was signed to a one-year, $5 million contract this offseason to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter.

He can also make an additional $250,000 for 150 and 160 innings pitched, $300,000 for 170, $500,000 for 180 and 190 and $700,000 for 200 innings pitched. He pitched 204 1/3 innings for the Braves in 2014, going 12-12 with a 3.57 earned run average.

Worth noting

Outfielder Kelly Dugan, who has been sidelined with a stress reaction in his right foot, has been optioned to the Minor League complex. The Phillies now have 59 players in camp.

Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.