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Matt Harrison throws 77 pitches in extended spring start

Matt Harrison went 5 innings and threw 77 pitches in a start at extended spring today

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harrison went 5 innings in a start at extended spring today, needing 77 pitches to strike out 9 while allowing three runs (just one earned) on four hits.

Harrison is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday in Arlington, and depending on how that goes, he could be sent out on a rehab assignment next week.  Alternatively, he could start another game in extended spring.

Harrison, who missed most of 2013 and 2014, is working his way back from spinal fusion surgery, a procedure no pitcher has ever undergone and returned from.  Harrison was a critical part of the team's rotation in 2011 and 2012, and the hope is that he will be able to rejoin the major league team at some point in July.