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Matt Harrison | Starting Pitcher | #54

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/16/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 3 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Phillies placed LHP Matt Harrison on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
He wasn't able to participate in spring training and probably won't pitch at all this season. Harrison has appeared in just nine games since the start of 2013. Resurrecting his career after years of injuries is going to be an uphill battle for Harrison. Apr 2 - 4:59 PM

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Matt Harrison (back) will not be at spring training.

Harrison has been battling back issues for a while now and it looks like he's a long shot to pitch this year. Since making the All-Star team with Texas in 2012, injuries have limited Harrison to just nine big league starts. According to CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury, Harrison's contract is partially insured.
Feb 17 - 11:29 AM

Matt Harrison (back) isn't expected to be ready for spring training.

According to's Todd Zolecki, it's "unlikely he'll pitch anytime soon." Injuries have limited Harrison to just nine starts over the last three seasons. Harrison was acquired from Texas last summer as part of the Cole Hamels trade but has yet to appear in a game for the Phillies.
Jan 23 - 9:02 PM

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

He's back on the 40-man roster. More back issues kept Harrison from pitching for the Phillies after he was acquired in the Cole Hamels trade, and he remains a major health risk going forward.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 10:07:00 AM

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

Harrison was placed on the disabled list with back inflammation after being acquired from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels deal at the end of July. The southpaw won't pitch again this season, but remains under contract through 2017.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 10:18:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies inherited the insurance policy attached to Matt Harrison's contract.

The oft-injured Harrison was recently acquired from the Rangers in the deal for Cole Hamels and is still owed $33 million through 2017. The insurance policy entitles the Phillies to 75 percent of Harrison’s salary past a certain cutoff, assuming he's unable to perform due to a specific back issue. He made three starts with the Rangers this season after returning from back surgery, but Rosenthal writes that the Phillies might still be able to collect since his return to the disabled list occurred within a 45-day recurrence period.
Source: FOX Sports
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Matt Harrison has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism.

The illness might explain Harrison's recent weight loss and lack of velocity. Harrison has only made nine starts over the last three seasons including three this year. He was shipped to Philadelphia Wednesday as part of the Cole Hamels trade. There's no timetable for his return.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 07:03:00 PM

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

Harrison didn't look right in his three starts since returning from the disabled list, so the Phillies will play it cautiously and shut him down until he's fully healthy. There is no clear timetable for his return to the mound.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 08:07:00 PM

Left-hander Matt Harrison was traded from the Rangers to the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade.

Harrison's inclusion was all about evening up the salaries a bit; he's still owed $33 million through 2017, but because of injuries, he no longer resembles the guy who won 18 games and went to the All-Star Game in 2012. He is healthy enough to pitch at the moment, so he'll probably go right into Philadelphia's rotation in Hamels' place. He shouldn't have any fantasy value, though.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 12:05:00 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that Matt Harrison is heading to the Phillies as part of package for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.

Harrison has struggled in his return from the disabled list, posting a 6.75 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 5/6 K/BB ratio over 16 innings. With all of the rotation woes in Philadelphia though, he should be able to hold down a rotation spot for the remainder of the season.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 10:55:00 PM

Matt Harrison surrendered six runs in six innings, taking the loss on Monday versus the Yankees.

Didi Gregorius hit a two-run home run off of him in the third inning and Alex Rodriguez drilled a solo shot in the sixth. He then allowed a walk, a double, and a two-run single before exiting with no outs in the seventh. Overall, Harrison yielded six hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. He's allowed six runs in two of three starts since coming off of the disabled list. He'll try to rebound in his next start at home against the Giants.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 11:34:00 PM

Matt Harrison tossed six shutout innings against the Rockies on Tuesday to earn his first win of the season.

Back from spinal fusion surgery, Harrison showed what he's capable of when healthy, scattering seven hits and a walk over his six innings of work. The southpaw struck out two and was removed after 91 pitches as he continues to build up his stamina. The start was just his second of the season and only his eighth since the start of the 2013 season as he's battled back injuries. Harrison and the Rangers hope he can carry over his success into Monday's start against the Yankees.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 12:59:00 AM

Matt Harrison will slot in the fifth spot in the Rangers rotation to begin the second half of the season.

He'll take the ball on Tuesday in a tough assignment against the Rockies at Coors Field. After struggling in his first start back from the disabled list, fantasy owners should continue to take a wait-and-see approach with the veteran hurler.
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 07:33:00 PM

Matt Harrison, making his 2015 season debut, struggled and lost after allowing six runs in four innings to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Harrison was activated from the disabled list on Saturday and had his start pushed back to Wednesday so the Rangers could squeeze an extra start out of Yovani Gallardo. The lefty had spinal fusion surgery last June and completed the long trek back to the major leagues. He gave up six hits and walked three while striking out one in the outing. A.J. Pollock struck the big blow, clubbing a three-run home run as part of a five-run second inning. Harrison will try to get some momentum for himself after the All-Star break, when he'll face the Astros on the road.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 11:40:00 PM

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.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015 05:47:00 PM

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