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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 (back) will start throwing from 120 feet on Wednesday.
Harrison, who is recovering from spinal fusion surgery, has previously been limited to throwing from 90 feet. He's making progress, but the Rangers aren't expecting him to be ready to contribute until around late May. Feb 25 - 11:34 AM

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The Rangers are hoping Matt Harrison (back) can be available to pitch by late May.

Working his way back from spinal fusion surgery, Harrison hasn't been able to expand his long-tossing as hoped and is still at least three weeks away from throwing off a mound. Back issues have limited Harrison to six major league starts over the last two seasons and he remains a big question mark for 2015.
Feb 20 - 11:29 AM

Matt Harrison (back) is still playing catch from a distance of 90 feet.

This is the third straight week Harrison has thrown from this distance, but he insists that it's not a setback and he's simply trying to get his mechanics in line before taking the next step. Harrison is currently making his way back from spinal fusion surgery. He's aiming to contribute at some point in 2015, but he obviously has some work to do.
Feb 10 - 12:16 PM

Matt Harrison (back) will not extend his throwing program to 105 feet this week as previously hoped.

Harrison is recovering from spinal fusion surgery, and while his back is feeling fine, his hip has been a little tight and that's throwing off his mechanics. "Being able to rotate and being able to square back up when I throw the ball," Harrison said. "Kind of cutting stuff off [in my delivery] because I wasn’t able to to rotate like I want to. So that’s one thing we’ve been really working on is getting that hip loose." The Rangers are hoping it's only a one-week delay and Harrison will be able to extend his throwing program to 105 feet next week. Back issues have limited Harrison to six major league starts over the last two seasons and he's not expected to pitch for the Rangers before June.
Feb 1 - 10:03 AM

Matt Harrison (back) continues to progress in his recovery and is now throwing from 90 feet.

He could extend that distance to 105 feet next week and is already working on his mechanics. The 29-year-old southpaw is recovering from spinal fusion surgery last summer and is a major question mark for the Rangers heading into the 2015 season.
Jan 31 - 3:27 PM

Matt Harrison (back) is now throwing from 75 feet.

Harrison began his rehab on January 7 with light throws from 30-40 feet, and he's progressed steadily in the weeks since. The left-hander underwent career-threatening spinal fusion surgery last summer and is a big question mark for the 2015 season.
Jan 21 - 4:30 PM

Matt Harrison (back) threw a baseball Wednesday for the first time since last May.

Harrison made 30 throws from a distance of 30 feet, 25 throws from 40 feet, and then finished the light workout with another 10 throws from 30 feet. "My back's fine," he told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Harrison underwent career-threatening spinal fusion surgery last summer, but he is aiming to contribute in some capacity in 2015.
Jan 7 - 5:31 PM

Matt Harrison will have a CT scan on his back this week.

Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery in June and hopes to begin a throwing program in January. He's still a big question mark for 2015.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:56:00 PM

Matt Harrison (back) is aiming to begin a throwing program sometime in January.

Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery in June, so he'll take it slow in his recovery. It's not clear if he's going to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 05:02:00 PM

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

Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery in June. It's unclear when or if he'll pitch again.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 05:32:00 PM

Matt Harrison (back) is expected to begin throwing in January.

Harrison needed spinal fusion surgery in early June and the Rangers aren't sure what to expect from him going forward. There's a chance his career his over.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 12:11:00 PM

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

It was a procedural move to open a 40-man roster spot for Brad Snyder. Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery last week and might never pitch in the majors again.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 04:04:00 PM

Matt Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery on Tuesday.

The Rangers haven't offered additional details other than the fact that Harrison will spend two days in the hospital. However, it's been reported previously that the operation could threaten the left-hander's career, so obviously his 2014 campaign is over. Harrison has been limited to just six starts over the last two seasons due to back issues.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 08:27:00 PM

Rangers placed LHP Matt Harrison on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation.

Of course, the injury is much more serious than that. Harrison is looking at the possibility of needing spinal fusion surgery, which could threaten his career. More will likely be known about his outlook in the coming days.
Wed, May 14, 2014 07:14:00 PM

Matt Harrison (back) has a displacement of a vertebra in his back and could be faced with spinal fusion surgery.

Harrison also has significant nerve irritation in the back. As an alternative to surgery, Harrison could also opt to live with the condition for the rest of his playing career, a more painful option but one that wouldn't put his career in jeopardy. Surgery would almost certainly threaten to end his pitching career.
Wed, May 14, 2014 07:00:00 PM

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