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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) 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

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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.
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's T.R. Sullivan reports that Matt Harrison (back) "is expected to miss at least one start if not be out for an extended period of time."

Harrison left Tuesday's outing with back stiffness and admitted that the injury was in the same area that he had operated on twice last year. The left-hander will fly back to Dallas to be examined by Dr. Drew Dossett, and a trip to the disabled list is surely forthcoming. It's really a tough break for Harrison, who was limited to just two starts last year and is now looking at possibly another extended absence.
Tue, May 13, 2014 11:35:00 PM

Matt Harrison left Tuesday's start against the Astros with back stiffness.

It's possible that Harrison just stiffened up on a cool night in Houston, but obviously it's worrisome given his history of back issues. The Rangers should have an update on the seriousness of the ailment after the game.
Tue, May 13, 2014 09:19:00 PM

Matt Harrison left Tuesday's start against the Astros in the second inning with an apparent injury.

It's not clear what ailment he's dealing with, but Harrison's velocity was down all night and he was touched up for three runs on four hits and three walks over 1 2/3 innings. Harrison, of course, has dealt with back issues over the last two seasons. The Rangers should update his status shortly.
Tue, May 13, 2014 09:01:00 PM

Matt Harrison earned his first win, shutting the Rockies out over 5 1/3 innings as the Rangers went on to win 5-0 on Thursday.

Harrison, making his third start since returning from the disabled list, struggled a bit with his control but the Rockies couldn't figure him out anyway. The lefty allowed three hits, walked four, and struck out two. Now with a 2.87 ERA and with his first win under his belt, Harrison will face the lowly Astros on the road in his next start.
Thu, May 8, 2014 11:22:00 PM

Matt Harrison yielded three runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings Saturday against the Angels.

Harrison also walked three and was very lucky to escape only allowing three runs. He got some help from Shawn Tolleson in the fourth. Harrison's last out of the game came on a sac bunt that moved baserunners up to second and third. Tolleson took over then and escaped the jam without a run scoring. Harrison will face the Rockies at home next time out. He's a mediocre play in AL-only leagues.
Sun, May 4, 2014 12:44:00 AM

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