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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) 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

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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

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

Harrison is still on the long road to recovery from last year's spinal fusion surgery. It was a career-threatening procedure, and the left-hander shouldn't be counted on for much in the first half of 2015.
Apr 5 - 6:03 PM

Matt Harrison (back) threw 15 pitches off a mound Monday.

It was a big step in his rehab from spinal fusion surgery, as it was Harrison's first time throwing off a mound since last May 13. The Rangers aren't counting on him in the early part of the season, but he's moving in the right direction.
Mar 23 - 6:14 PM

Matt Harrison (back) expects to begin throwing fastballs off a mound on Sunday.

Harrison is scheduled for one final day of long toss Friday, from a distance of 200 feet. The left-hander is recovering from spinal fusion surgery and probably won't be an option for the Rangers until May or even June.
Mar 12 - 11:18 AM

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

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

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2B1Adam Rosales
2Tommy Field
3Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Ryan Rua
3Jake Smolinski
CF1Leonys Martin
2Delino DeShields Jr.
3Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
DH1Mitch Moreland
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PosRoleName
S1Derek Holland
2Yovani Gallardo
3Colby Lewis
4Ross Detwiler
5Nick Martinez
6Wandy Rodriguez
7Phil Klein
8Matt Harrison
9Martin Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Shawn Tolleson
3Keone Kela
4Tanner Scheppers
5Anthony Bass
6Alex Claudio
7Sam Freeman
8Ross Ohlendorf
9Nick Tepesch
10Lisalverto Bonilla