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05/12/10 7:45 PM ET

Harrison willing to transfer to bullpen

Southpaw open to switch should Holland succeed in rotation

ARLINGTON -- Left-hander Matt Harrison, who officially went on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis on Wednesday, said he is willing to go to the bullpen if that's what the Rangers need.

Harrison has been replaced by Derek Holland in the starting rotation and that could end up being a permanent situation. The alternative for Harrison would be to go to the bullpen when he comes off the DL.

"I'd be open to it," Harrison said. "I don't know what the plan is, but if I have to go to the bullpen, if that's what they want me to do and it's best for the team, I'd be open to it.

"It's tough because these guys have been pitching well [in Triple A] below me. Holland is pitching well. He's going to do everything he can to keep that spot. All I can do is come back 100 percent and see how things turn out."

Hamilton was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis in his left arm after a five-inning start against the Royals on Thursday, but he said the arm was bothering him for a few weeks prior to that. He didn't say anything, possibly because he was worried about Holland coming up and replacing him.

"I guess you could say that," Harrison said. "But I just wanted to be out there pitching and competing. But it got to the point where I was hurting myself and the team."

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