As expected, the Rangers have activated left-hander Matt Harrison from the disabled list for Sunday’s series finale in Seattle against the host Mariners. Harrison will be making his first start since April 2013 as Texas tries to grab two of three at Safeco Field.
The 28-year-old wound up missing a full 12 months due to back and right shoulder injuries, but he was an All-Star and drew American League Cy Young Award votes in 2012 when he posted a 3.29 ERA (133 ERA+) in 213 1/3 innings. So the hope is he’ll be a big addition now that his health has returned.
The Rangers should also get lefty starter Derek Holland (microfracture knee surgery) back in a month or so. He threw live batting practice Saturday for the first time since his January microfracture knee surgery and was able to perform some fielding drills. Texas enters play Sunday with a 15-9 record.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.