Harang Improves, Expects to Start Thursday

Aaron HarangCliff Lee’s season and possibly career is in serious jeopardy, which makes Aaron Harang’s health an important issue.

He already has been scratched twice from starts because of back issues, but he threw a bullpen session this morning at Bright House Field and said he expects to start in a Grapefruit League game Thursday night against the Yankees in Tampa. Harang said he is confident he will have enough time to get ready for the2015 season.

“It’s frustrating, but it’s not as frustrating as if this was later in camp,” he said afterward. “I don’t view this as any type of setback. I can progress through and catch up with my innings pretty easily. It’s not that hard. I know exactly what I need to do.”

Harang missed his first start this spring because of “lower back discomfort.” Harang missed Saturday’s start in Lakeland, Fla., because of a spasm around the middle of his back.

“This was just muscular,” he said. “I woke up the other morning and just kind of moved around and grabbed on me for a second. It’s being precautious. There’s no reason to push this because you don’t want it to linger.”

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