Harrell, Bedard show progress after throwing

Harrell, Bedard show progress after throwing

VIERA, Fla. -- Manager Bo Porter said Lucas Harrell and Erik Bedard are both feeling good after throwing Wednesday, and the Astros manager will make a decision soon about when they will continue with game action.

Harrell threw a bullpen session Wednesday, after skipping his Sunday start with a groin injury, and said he felt good afterward. Bedard returned from a strained gluteal muscle on Wednesday to throw one shutout inning against the Nationals.

"Everything came out good," Porter said. "[Pitching coach Doug Brocail] actually stayed back today, just to make sure that they didn't have any ill effects from yesterday. He and I will talk when we get back there today. He stayed back for the bullpens and to make sure everything was OK with those guys. I'll talk to him when he gets here, then we'll look at penciling those guys in to the their next outing."

Harrell, the Astros' pitcher of the year in 2012, is a candidate to start Opening Day against Texas, competing with Bud Norris. Bedard is a non-roster invitee fighting for a spot in the rotation.

After going 11-11 with a 3.76 ERA in 32 starts last season, Harrell has started three games this spring and thrown nine innings, surrendering three runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Bedard, a member of the Pirates' rotation last season, has thrown three innings over two games, allowing just one unearned run and three hits.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.& This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.