Well, shocking news...
On the heels of throwing 127 pitches in 6 innings -- the second highest pitch total in the majors this year -- after missing most of last season with an injury, Matt Harrison is apparently dealing with biceps tendinitis, although he says he hopes to make his next start, on May 12.
If I had to guess, I'd say that Harrison will be heading to the d.l. and Derek Holland will be coming up, and from a straight production standpoint, that could well be an upgrade.
But it makes me wonder, once again...why was Matt Harrison out there that long? Who is making that call? Is this organization really espousing the philosophy that a 24 year old pitcher who threw 63 innings last year should be throwing 127 pitches this early in the season? In 6 innings, no less, averaging over 20 pitches per inning?
I would really like to have someone explain if this is Ron Washington riding his starters too long, or if this is part of the new organizational philosophy of not "coddling" the starting pitchers.