The Rangers could get Matt Harrison back before the All-Star break

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers lefty starter Matt Harrison could return to the rotation in the week ahead of the All-Star break. As a result, that would allow the club to grant a respite to the rest of the rotation, which includes Colby Lewis, Nick Martinez, and Wandy Rodriguez.

Harrison, 29, had spinal fusion surgery last June and has been recovering ever since. He has made four rehab starts with Triple-A Round Rock and one with Double-A Frisco, compiling an aggregate 6.59 ERA with a 15/11 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. Harrison struggled in his most recent appearance, with Frisco, as he allowed five runs and complained of an inability to get loose during the game.

Harrison’s schedule ahead includes a light bullpen session on Sunday and a rehab start with Round Rock on Wednesday.

Pirates suspend Keone Kela two games for contract violation

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On Monday, the Pirates announced the club suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified contract violation. Kela will begin serving the suspension tonight.

Kela, 26, went on the injured list in early May with a right shoulder injury. He was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis for the last week and a half. Prior to the injury, Kela posted a 4.63 ERA with an 11/4 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.

After sitting out Monday and Tuesday, Kela can rejoin the Pirates on Wednesday in the middle of their four-game home series against the Cardinals.