Harrison starts rehab assignment

Lefty works 5 innings at Triple-A; Feliz to throw bullpen session Thursday

Harrison starts rehab assignment

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison made his first start on medical rehabilitation assignment Wednesday. Neftali Feliz could join him soon.

Feliz, who has been on the disabled list since May 20 with an abscess in his right side, is scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Thursday. If that goes well, the next step could be a medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minors.

Harrison began his assignment on Wednesday by throwing five innings for Triple-A Round Rock against Reno. Harrison allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four. He threw 78 pitches. The outing comes on the one-year anniversary of Harrison undergoing spinal fusion surgery to correct back problems that limited him to six Major League starts in 2013-14.

"The back felt good," Harrison said. "My arm felt good. I've got to figure out what I can do to get my velocity back up. I haven't been able to get as much power in my legs. It's not going to happen overnight, but hopefully by the end of the month. I'm getting outs, just a little different way. I threw and got off the field healthy. It was a good day."

Ryan Rua, who has been on the disabled list since April 11 because of a fracture in his right heel, was also expected to begin a rehab assignment with Round Rock on Wednesday. But he had trouble getting to Reno because of travel issues.

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