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54 Matt Harrison SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/240 | Birthdate: 9/16/1985 | Birthplace: Durham, NC | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Texas | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $5,200,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rangers' Josh Hamilton takes live BP for first time this season


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton took live batting practice for the first time this year on Saturday. 

Hamilton faced rehabbing LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Kohsuke Tomita, per the Star Telegram.

Harrison reported that Hamilton "looked good". Hamilton also shagged fly balls in the outfield after hitting. 


Rangers have plan in place for pitcher Matt Harrison's recovery


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Rangers have a tentative plan in place for pitcher Matt Harrison's road to recovery, according to FOX Sports Southwest. 

Harrison, who is currently on the 60-day DL after undergoing spinal fusion surgery, is expected to throw two live batting practice sessions and two starts in an extended spring training before heading to the minors for his rehab starts. 

Harrison threw 17 1/3 innings in 2014 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts for Texas.


Rangers sidelined lefty Harrison targeting July return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) The Rangers are a team that can use some good news on the injury front. And they're getting it in regard to starting pitcher Matt Harrison.

Harrison has lost virtually the last two seasons to injury and remains down. He and his team were worried that his back issue was career-threatening, but now they are claiming optimism that he could be back on the mound by July 1.

The left-hander threw a 75-pitch bullpen session Monday before voicing his enthusiasm.

"I'm almost to the impatient stage," he told the Dallas Morning News. "I feel like I'm really close. I'm still trying to take it day-by-day, but out there, they are long days.

Harrison, who is nearly a year removed from lower lumbar spinal fusion surgery, will throw an 80-pitch bullpen session Friday.


Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison targeting June to return


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is still a few weeks away from throwing, but is targeting a return to the big leagues in June, according to MLB.com.

Harrison, who is recovering from spinal fusion surgery, is scheduled to throw an 80-pitch simulated game Wednesday and face live hitters 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."


Rangers claim Hassan off waivers, move Harrison to 60-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) The Rangers claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from the Athletics on Thursday. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, starting pitcher Matt Harrison (back) was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Anthony Bass and Keone Kela make Rangers' roster


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Rangers finalized their Opening Day roster, with Anthony Bass and Keone Kela earning spots on the team.

The RHP Bass had a 5.79 ERA in five games. Brought to spring training as a non-roster invitee, the Rangers added him to the 40-man roster. 

The RHP Kela was also added to the Opening Day roster. 

RHP Sam Freeman was designated for assignment after posting a 9.45 ERA this spring.

Four players were also placed on the 15-day disabled list: LHP Matt Harrison (back), RHP Kyuji Fujikawa (groin), RHP Tanner Scheppers (ankle) and RHP Lisalverto Bonilla (elbow).


Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison: I feel like a kid again


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison cleared the biggest hurdle to him getting back on the mound Monday. Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery last year, but after throwing off the mound Monday, Harrison was as giddy as can be, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"I felt like a little kid again out there, like it was my first little league game or something," said Harrison. "Just the nerves of doing it again, it has been a 11 months. It almost felt like a day when I start a game, those nerves, the butterflies in the stomach, the good ones, not being able to eat as much that day. It's fun again."

Harrison is scheduled to throw off the mound again Thursday and increase his pitch total.

"When I get up to 30 to 40 pitches I'll start adding some [different] pitches," he said. "Right now I’m just getting my fastball location."


Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison throws off mound Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison was able to throw off the mound Monday for the first time since May 13, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Harrison, who underwent spinal fusion surgery in the offseason, threw 15 pitches in the bullpen. He will begin the season on the 60-day DL as he recovers from the back injury.


Rangers' Matt Harrison progressing well in rehab from spinal fusion


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison was able to throw 15 pitches on a half mound Sunday as a part of the left-hander's rehab from offseason spinal fusion surgery. He is hopeful he will pitch in the major leagues again, reports MLB.com.

"It was a little weird getting off a mound again," Harrison said. "But my back felt good and my arm felt good. It was good to do it again. The first time on a slope is the first test of how I'll feel going downhill. It's not the big slope but it is different from flat ground. It's a good sign that I'm not sore today."


Rangers' Matt Harrison, Martin Perez making strides


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/12/2015) Injured Rangers pitchers Matt Harrison and Martin Perez are working their way back to health, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Harrison (back) will long toss from 200 feet on Friday before stepping on half-mound Sunday to throw around 15 pitches. Perez (elbow), who is on the 60-day DL, has been throwing off a half-mound and is ready to progress to a full mound, while only throwing fastballs.


Rangers' Matt Harrison throwing from 140 feet every other day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison took another in his recovery from spinal fusion surgery. On Tuesday, the left-hander began throwing from 140 feet every other day, according to the Star-Telegram.

Harrison is on track to begin the year on the 60-day DL.


Rangers P Matt Harrison insists he hasn't had a setback


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/10/2015) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison, who's coming back from spinal fusion surgery, is playing catch from 90 feet for the third straight week but insists it's not a setback, reports Fox Sports Southwest. "His focus is on working on his mechanics at that distance before changing up the routine," the report said.

The lefty is expected to begin the season on the 60-day DL.


Rangers' Matt Harrison expects to open season on 60-day DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison said Saturday that he expects to open the season on the 60-day disabled list as he continues to recover from spinal fusion surgery, the Dallas Morning News reports.

"My job is to just get as healthy as I can and get myself right so I don’t have something happen like it did last year when I tried to come back," Harrison said. "I’m just going to focus on that and get ready to contribute whenever it may be."

Harrison is dealing with some stiffness in his right side, which will cause him to throw from a distance of 90 feet for a second consecutive week rather than progress to 105 feet. He hopes that he'll get his hips to rotate more and loosen up with more stretching and more throws from the 90-foot distance.


Rangers' Matt Harrison throwing without any issues from 75 feet


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison, who is coming off back surgery, is throwing from 75 feet without any issues, according to FOX Sports Southwest. Harrison has made just six starts the last two seasons due to injury.

"Everything feels good so far," he said. "Each day has been good so far. Once I get loose everything feels good and the arm feels fresh."


Rangers P Matt Harrison throws for the first time since May


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/7/2015) Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison threw Wednesday for the first time since undergoing back surgery in May, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Harrison made 30 throws from 30 feet, 25 throws from 45 feet, and 10 more throws from 30 feet, the report said.

"My back's fine," Harrison told the paper.

He made four starts last season before getting shut down. In 2012, his last full season, Harrison went 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA in 32 starts.


Rangers' Matt Harrison could return to throwing in January


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison's back came back as clean after an X-ray was performed Monday. Harrison, who displaced a vertebra in his back in May, has a CT scan scheduled for Wednesday, which he hopes will allow him to start throwing in January. 

Harrison only made four appearances in 2014, throwing 17.1 innings with 4.15 ERA. 


Rangers' Matt Harrison hoping to throw in January


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is hoping to begin throwing in January, according to FoxSports.

Harrison is coming off back surgery, and is expected to meet with doctors next week. While Harrison could start throwing soon, general manager Jon Daniels has said he doesn't expect Harrison to be at 100 percent by spring training. Harrison was limited to four starts last season due to the injury. 


Rangers not counting on Harrison immediately being rotation candidate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison, who has been limited the last two seasons due to back problems, is not expected to be at full strength at spring training, according to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and manager Jeff Banister. 

The Rangers don't want to rush Harrison, who is not expected to be considered a rotation candidate out of spring training, per MLB.com.


Martin Perez, Matt Harrison to begin throwing in next few months


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery in May, and starting pitcher Matt Harrison, who underwent back surgery in June, are expected to start throwing in the next few months, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Perez expects to start throwing in November and Harrison in January.

Matt Harrison moved to 60-day DL


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/10/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison, who underwent spinal disc fusion surgery last week, was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.

Matt Harrison undergoes disc fusion surgery Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison underwent spinal disc fusion surgery Tuesday, FOXSportsSouthwest.com reports.

Harrison will spend two nights at the hospital while recovering from the surgery. Harrison's career could potentially be over depending on how things shake out after the surgery, but the team hasn't given any details as to whether it believes the pitcher can play again.


Matt Harrison fears Tuesday 'might have been my last game'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison is facing a career decision and the prospect that spinal fusion surgery could mean he's pitched his final major league game.

The alternative of a rest-and-rehabilitation program might be unrealistic, so he is willing to undergo the operation. But the downside is an overwhelming consideration.

"I"m trying to wrap my head around what's going on and trying to let it sink (in) that it might have been my last game," Harrison told the Dallas Morning News about the Tuesday outing from which his back problem forced his removal. "I'd give every dollar back just to be the way I was in 2012. It's tough to swallow the way things have gone."

Harrison landed a five-year, $55 million contract on the basis of his 18-win performance that season. He has made just six starts since.


Matt Harrison remains confident about pitching again


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison, who is suffering from a displacement of a vertebra in his back, made it clear that even if he has spinal fusion surgery he's going to try and pitch again, FOX Sports Southwest reports. The procedure could be career-ending.

"Obviously your health is most important but I know there's guys that have come back before. Not every one of them had been able to play again," Harrison said, per MLB.com. "I'm gonna give that a shot if I end up having to get the surgery. But if I come back and things are the same or worse than they were before, then it's obviously not worth the risk because I'd end up damaging more of my spine and end up having more serious surgeries from that point on so it's really not worth me being 29 years old and not being able to walk."

Harrison is scheduled to have an injection Friday in an attempt to alleviate the symptoms before considering other options.


Matt Harrison has displacement of verterbra in back


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is suffering from a displacement of a verterbra in his back, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Harrison is faced with either living the condition, which is known as spondylolisthesis, or undergoing spinal fusion surgery. The latter option could be career-ending. He is also dealing with significant nerve irritation.

Harrison was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. According to the team, he will have an injection Friday in an attempt to alleviate the symptoms before considering other options.


Matt Harrison expected to miss at least next start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is expected to miss his next start and potentially be out for an extended period of time after exiting Tuesday's game against the Astros with back stiffness, MLB.com reports.

The Rangers, who have expressed concern regarding the injury, have sent Harrison to Dallas to be examined by a doctor. Harrison is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 10:12 K:BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings after Tuesday's loss.