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Matt Harrison | Starting Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/16/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Matt Harrison's season debut was moved to Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
By pushing Harrison's start to Wednesday, the Rangers are able to get two more starts out of red-hot Yovani Gallardo. Back issues have kept Harrison sidelined since April 2014. Harrison's return bumped Chi Chi Gonzalez from the starting rotation. Jul 4 - 5:47 PM

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Rangers activated LHP Matt Harrison from the 60-day disabled list.

Harrison will make his long-awaited return to the Rangers rotation on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. Harrison has been sidelined since undergoing spinal fusion surgery last June and has made a total of six starts in the big leagues since the 2012 season. He struggled in six starts on his minor league rehab assignment, compiling a 6.23 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 34 2/3 innings.
Jul 4 - 8:36 AM

Matt Harrison (back) is expected to be activated to start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

It's been a long road back for Harrison, who had spinal fusion surgery last June. The 29-year-old posted a 6.23 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings over six minor league rehab starts between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. He's a wait-and-see option in fantasy leagues right now.
Jul 2 - 5:01 PM

Matt Harrison (back) said he's ready to return to the Rangers' starting rotation.

He scattered three runs over six innings Wednesday in his sixth rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock. Harrison's 30-day rehab window expires on Thursday so the Rangers have to make a decision on where he'll make his next start. They could go with a six-man rotation and address the situation after the All-Star break. Rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez has lost three of his last four starts and could be the odd man out when Harrison returns.
Jul 2 - 12:52 PM

Matt Harrison (back) allowed five earned runs over six innings Wednesday at Double-A Frisco.

Harrison finished the outing strong, but he again experienced early-inning woes due to a lack of velocity and lifeless breaking stuff. "I didn’t feel as loose in the beginning. I wasn’t getting extension on the ball and was leaving some balls flat and up," Harrison said. "After that third inning, I felt great. There was more life on the ball. The off-speed stuff was better. Hopefully, we can do that all at the beginning of a game." It's not clear when he might be ready for another shot with the Rangers.
Jun 25 - 10:25 AM

Matt Harrison allowed two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in his latest minor league rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.

Harrison threw 98 pitches in the outing, walking four and striking out five in the process. It's unclear at this point if he'll require an additional rehab start or be deemed ready to rejoin the Rangers rotation next week.
Jun 14 - 10:48 PM

Matt Harrison (back) topped out at 93 mph during his rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

He sat in the upper 80s, but that he was able to reach back for more is an encouraging sign. Harrison was tagged for six runs in five innings in the start, but overall the Rangers seemed encouraged by the outing. "He found the middle of the plate a few too many times," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "If he commands the fastball and lets the movement work for him, he’ll be fine."
Jun 10 - 10:24 AM

Matt Harrison (back) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday.

He was cleared for the assignment a few days after throwing 77 pitches in an extended spring training game. Harrison, who is making his way back from spinal fusion surgery, is slated to get his pitch count up to 85 in Wednesday's outing. The Rangers figure to use most, if not all, of their allotted 30 days for Harrison's rehab assignment, putting him on pace likely to return in late June.
May 31 - 12:09 PM

Matt Harrison (back) threw 77 pitches Thursday in an extended spring training game.

The next step calls for him to throw a bullpen session Sunday in Arlington, which could set him up to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. A return before the end of June appears possible. Harrison is currently working his way back from spinal fusion surgery.
May 28 - 4:56 PM

Matt Harrison (back) is scheduled to make another start in extended spring training on Thursday.

He threw four scoreless innings in an extended spring game on Saturday and will work five frames his next time out. If all goes well, he could then be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Harrison is looking to return to the Rangers rotation in mid-June.
May 24 - 4:12 PM

Matt Harrison (back) allowed two runs over three innings Monday in an extended spring training game.

Harrison threw 44 pitches in the outing and said he hit 90 mph on the radar gun. He'll make another appearance in extended spring on Saturday before then possibly beginning a rehab assignment. Harrison hopes to rejoin the Rangers' rotation at some point in June.
May 18 - 10:17 PM

Matt Harrison (back) threw live batting practice Thursday.

Harrison, who is making his way back from spinal fusion surgery, threw three innings at about 15 pitches each. The next step calls for him to pitch in an extended spring training game next Wednesday. The Rangers could send him out on an official minor league rehab assignment from there. The southpaw has made just six appearances in the majors dating back to 2013, but he hopes to make his return at some point in June.
May 7 - 4:37 PM

Matt Harrison (back) will throw two more live batting practice sessions and then make two starts in extended spring training before beginning a rehab assignment.

He'll need to use the full 30 days on his rehab assignment. Working his way back from spinal fusion surgery, Harrison hopes to rejoin the Rangers' rotation sometime in June. That's assuming he has no setbacks, of course, which is no given considering the unique operation he's returning from.
Apr 28 - 6:28 PM

Matt Harrison (back) said Tuesday that he's aiming to rejoin the Rangers in June.

The left-hander is currently working out at extended spring training as he makes his way back from spinal fusion surgery. Harrison is scheduled for an 80-pitch simulated game Wednesday and then will face live hitters sometime next week. "The goal for me is to be back in June sometime," Harrison said. "I've got about three or four more weeks out here and then a rehab assignment."
Apr 21 - 9:51 PM

Rangers transferred LHP Matt Harrison from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move opens a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Alex Hassan, who was claimed off waivers from the A's on Thursday. Harrison is on his way back from spinal fusion surgery. He probably won't be an option for the Rangers' rotation until late June or early July.
Apr 9 - 1:57 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Carlos Corporan
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Rougned Odor
2Adam Rosales
3Hanser Alberto
4Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Ryan Rua
CF1Leonys Martin
2Delino DeShields
3Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
DH1Prince Fielder
2Kyle Blanks
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Derek Holland
2Yovani Gallardo
3Colby Lewis
4Matt Harrison
5Wandy Rodriguez
6Martin Perez
7Yu Darvish
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Keone Kela
3Tanner Scheppers
4Spencer Patton
5Anthony Bass
6Sam Freeman
7Ross Ohlendorf
8Ross Detwiler
9Anthony Ranaudo
10Nick Tepesch
11Lisalverto Bonilla