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Matt Harrison | Starting Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/16/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Harrison (back) is expected to make a few more minor league rehab starts.
Harrison was not happy with himself after allowing three runs on six hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings Monday at Double-A Frisco. He'll pitch again for Frisco on Saturday and could make one or two more rehab starts after that. The left-hander won't be back until May. Apr 17 - 1:21 PM
Source: ESPN Dallas

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Matt Harrison (back) wasn't pleased with Monday's rehab start at Double-A Frisco in which he allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and three walks over 3 1/3 frames.

The left-hander needed 77 pitches to get through the 3 1/3 innings. The good news is that Harrison didn't have a setback physically and remains on track to return around the end of the month. He'll be on a 95-pitch limit for Saturday's start in Frisco.
Apr 16 - 10:36 AM

Matt Harrison (back) allowed one run over 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in a minor league rehab start with Double-A Frisco.

Making his second rehab start, Harrison gave up three and no walks while striking out three. The southpaw threw a total of 62 pitches. He's likely to make his next rehab start Sunday and remains on track to return around the end of the month.
Apr 8 - 2:31 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels indicated Monday that Matt Harrison (back) won't necessarily be activated on April 23 as had previously been reported.

"We’ve said he should be built up by April 23, but that’s not a deadline," Daniels said. "We want to make sure he’s 100 percent and able to compete. Really, when he’s 100 percent he should be able to dominate before he comes back." Harrison made his first rehab start at Double-A Frisco last Thursday, though it didn't officially count since it was rained out. The Rangers have until May 2 to activate him.
Apr 7 - 7:27 PM

Matt Harrison (back) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over two innings in a rain-shortened rehab start with Double-A Frisco Thursday.

Harrison labored through a 31-pitch first inning, allowing three extra-base hits and a walk. He then settled in with a perfect second frame before a leadoff double in the third, at which point the skies opened up. Harrison had been slated to throw 65 pitches or four innings but wound up only getting his pitch count up to 41. He was throwing in the 89-90 mph range, which was down from the 90-93 mph he was sitting at in Arizona. Harrison is aiming to rejoin the Rangers' rotation on April 23.
Apr 3 - 10:38 PM

Matt Harrison (back) will make a minor league rehab start Thursday with Double-A Frisco.

Harrison, who dealt with neck and back tightness during spring training, is slated to throw four innings in his first rehab outing. He'll likely need at least a couple more starts on the farm before coming off the disabled list, but he has a chance to join the Rangers' rotation in mid-April if all goes well.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 1 - 1:46 PM

Rangers placed LHP Matt Harrison on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury.

Harrison has made a couple Cactus League starts and should be ready to rejoin the Rangers' rotation by mid-April. He was limited to only two starts last season due to back issues.
Mar 30 - 3:25 PM

Matt Harrison allowed four runs on five hits over three innings of work in a loss to the Astros on Friday.

A disastrous first inning in which Harrison gave up all four runs -- three on a Chris Carter homer -- was followed by two scoreless innings, so it wasn't all bad. In total, the southpaw allowed five hits and two walks while striking out two. He's still working his way back from neck issues earlier in spring, so it'll be a few more weeks before we can expect to see Harrison in Texas.
Mar 28 - 11:10 PM

Matt Harrison yielded three runs in 1 2/3 innings Monday in a Cactus League start against the Royals.

Only two of the runs were earned, but Harrison was not sharp. His fastball sat in the upper 80s and the Royals kept him from covering the two full innings that he was originally scheduled to pitch. Harrison began experiencing renewed back and neck issues in late February and will open the season on the 15-day disabled list.
Mar 17 - 9:52 PM

Matt Harrison (back, neck) threw 47 pitches in a successful live batting practice session on Friday and is scheduled to work two innings against the Royals on Monday.

It still seems likely that he'll begin the regular season on the disabled list, but should be an option for the Rangers rotation within the first few weeks. The 28-year-old left-hander offers little in the way of fantasy upside with his low strikeout totals, but could be worth a gamble in the final rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 14 - 7:55 PM

Matt Harrison (back, neck) returned to action by hurling one scoreless inning against the Royals on Tuesday.

He experienced no issues and needed only 11 pitches to escape, despite allowing a single. The southpaw was shut down early in camp due to neck and back stiffness. Harrison is likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but he should be ready to join the Rangers' rotation at some point in April.
Mar 11 - 3:42 PM

Matt Harrison (back, neck) will pitch one inning on a B-game on Tuesday.

It's an important step for Harrison, who was shut down early on in camp due to neck and back stiffness. The southpaw remains likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but he could be ready to join the Rangers' rotation at some point in April if all goes well.
Mar 10 - 12:58 PM

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Matt Harrison (back/neck) is likely to open the season on the disabled list.

Harrison hasn't ruled out Opening Day himself, but the Rangers appear ready to proceed more cautiously. "We’re slow-pacing him," manager Ron Washington said. The left-hander said he was "very encouraged" with a live batting practice session Friday, which was the first time he threw to hitters since being shut down in mid-February with back and neck tightness. He'll throw a bullpen session Sunday before appearing in a "B" game Tuesday.
Mar 7 - 12:46 PM

Matt Harrison (back) will throw a live batting practice session Friday.

Harrison had no issues during a 38-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday, which was his first since being shut down with back and neck stiffness. The left-hander will be ready to appear in a "B" game shortly after Friday's live BP session. Harrison remains hopeful of being ready by Opening Day.
Mar 6 - 9:12 PM

Matt Harrison (back) will throw off a half-mound on Monday.

Harrison long-tossed from up to 250 feet Saturday with no issues. "I feel good," Harrison said. "I just have to keep going. I feel like my arm is strong." There's no timetable for Harrison pitching in a Cactus League game, but he's moving in the right direction.
Mar 2 - 11:52 AM

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