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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 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. Sep 29 - 12:11 PM

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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.
Jun 10 - 4:04 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
Jun 3 - 8:27 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.
May 14 - 7:14 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.
May 14 - 7:00 PM

MLB.com'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.
Source: MLBlogs.com
May 13 - 11:35 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.
Source: MLBlogs.com
May 13 - 9:19 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.
May 13 - 9:01 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.
May 8 - 11:22 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.
May 4 - 12:44 AM

Matt Harrison allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Sunday.

Making his 2014 debut, Harrison allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out four. He left in line for his first victory, but the bullpen let him down. Still, it was a nice first outing for the left-hander. He'll look for his first win when the Rangers visit the Angels on Saturday.
Apr 27 - 9:02 PM

Rangers activated LHP Matt Harrison from the 15-day disabled list.

Harrison will start on Sunday against the Mariners in what will be his first major league outing since last April. He went eight innings in his final rehab start, so his pitch count shouldn't be an issue.
Apr 27 - 1:21 PM

Matt Harrison (back) will rejoin the Rangers' rotation on Sunday in Seattle.

He had been lined up for Friday, but the team has decided to alter the scheduled because they don't want Harrison and Colby Lewis batting during an interleague game in Colorado on May 5-6. Harrison will be making his first start in the majors since last April. "I’ll give up the swings because it means I get to be back here and pitching," Harrison said. "It was my goal to get back and pitching. If it means I don’t get a start there, that’s fine. I’ll take late April for getting back as opposed to later in the year."
Apr 23 - 1:49 PM

Matt Harrison (back) is on pace to rejoin the Rangers' rotation on Friday.

Harrison threw a light bullpen session on Monday and will throw a full session Tuesday before the Rangers officially make a decision about his status. The left-hander tossed eight shutout innings in his last rehab start, so as long as he's feeling healthy after Tuesday's 'pen session, he'll be ready to roll Friday.
Apr 21 - 10:59 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in an interview Sunday that Matt Harrison's (back) next start is expected to come at the major league level.

It's a reverse of what the team said last week, but Harrison convinced the Rangers that he was ready with eight shutout innings in a rehab start with Double-A Frisco Saturday. Harrison can slide into the rotation spot that was vacated by Tanner Scheppers (elbow). The left-hander will be making his first start in the majors since last April.
Apr 20 - 11:20 AM

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