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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%: 4/0 | Average Draft Position: 254.80
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Matt Harrison moved to 60-day DL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(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.


Matt Harrison exits Tuesday with back stiffness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison was removed after just 1 2/3 innings Tuesday due to back stiffness, the team announced.

Harrison gave up three earned runs on four hits and three walks to the Astros before departing. The team will likely further update his status after the game.


Rangers retool starting rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) The Rangers retooled their rotation for an upcoming three-game weekend series against the Blue Jays, MLB.com reports. On Friday, Yu Darvish will make the start, followed by Colby Lewis on Saturday and Matt Harrison on Sunday.

Robbie Ross, who was originally scheduled to start Saturday, will be pushed back to Tuesday. The Rangers also have the option of sliding Joe Saunders into Ross' rotation spot on Tuesday. The moves were made so that Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison would avoid pitching in a National League park. The Rangers have a three-game series scheduled at Washington starting May 30.


Matt Harrison gets back on track for first win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison turned in a solid outing, scattering three hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings, securing his first win of the season.

Harrison (1-0) walked four and struck out two in 97 pitches, 54 for strikes. He improved his ERA from 4.35 to 2.87 after Thursday's 5-0 win. Over his first three starts covering 15 2/3 innings, Harrison has allowed five earned runs. He owns a 9:9 K:BB ratio over that span.

Harrison will make his next start Tuesday at Houston. He has posted a 4.35 ERA in two starts away from home this season.

Matt Harrison can't complete five innings vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison didn't factor into the decision Saturday after giving up three earned runs on 10 hits and three walks in just 4 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 5-3 loss to the Angels.

Harrison was already at 96 pitches when he was removed from the game, but he was able to limit most of the damage through the hit barrage to leave things all tied up when he departed. Harrison owns a 4.35 ERA and 7:5 K:BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings after two starts. He's on schedule to take on the Rockies at home Thursday.


Matt Harrison looks sharp in first start back from injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison turned in a quality start in his season debut on Sunday against the Mariners in Seattle.

Harrison allowed two runs on three hits in six innings of work in a no-decision. He walked two and struck out four, in his first start since April 6, 2013. He tossed 95 pitches, 54 for strikes.

Harrison will look to stay sharp on Saturday against the Angels in Los Angeles.

Rangers activate Matt Harrison from disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) The Rangers have activated pitcher Matt Harrison for Sunday's start.

The move was expected, as Harrison was the probable pitcher for the game. He'll take on Brandon Maurer and the Mariners in his season debut. Harrison was sidelined due to back issues. 


Matt Harrison to make return with Rangers on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison is set to return to a big league mound for the first time since April 6, 2013. He will start Sunday in Seattle, the Dallas Morning News has reported. He has been out with a back injury that required two surgeries.

Harrison proved himself ready in his last rehab start Saturday with Double-A Frisco. He pitched eight shutout innings, using just 86 pitches in the process.


Matt Harrison throws successful bullpen session Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison completed a bullpen session without issue Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

Harrison appears ready to rejoin the Rangers rotation, which could happen as early as Friday. If he makes that start, it would push the rest of the rotation back a day, starting with Colby Lewis, Friday's currently scheduled starter. The team will wait to see how Harrison recovers from the bullpen session before finalizing their rotation plans.


Matt Harrison on track for season debut on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison threw a light bullpen session on Monday and is expected to throw a longer one on Tuesday. If all goes well, he could be making his first start of the season Friday for the Rangers, MLB.com reports.

"We'll make a determination after he gets all his work in," manager Ron Washington said.

Matt Harrison's next start to come in the majors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison will likely make his next start in the majors, according to MLB Network Radio. 

Harrison has progressed during rehab, throwing eight shutout inning during his last start. General manger Jon Daniels said three of the team's scouts said Harrison's stuff was back to normal. It's unclear when Harrison will make his season debut. 


Matt Harrison tosses eight shutout frames in rehab start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison looked like he was in mid-season form Saturday night, tossing eight strong innings in a rehab start with Double-A Frisco. He allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out five in eight shutout innings for the RoughRiders.

Harrison is working his way back from a back injury and appears to be close to rejoining the big-league club.

Before Saturday's gem, general manager Jon Daniels felt that Harrison needed more time in the minors before his reinstatement. It remains to be seen if his three-hit, eight-inning effort changed Daniels' mind. Harrison believes he's ready to return, per ESPN Dallas.

"My head is in the right place and I know why I was struggling before and I got that straightened out," Harrison said. "It wasn't anything mechanical. My mentality out there tonight, I know I can replicate that. I don't know what their plan is, but I'll find out tomorrow, I think."


Matt Harrison, Rangers GM differ on return timetable


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison (back) is hopeful to make his return from the 15-day disabled list after his next rehab start Saturday for Double-A Frisco. Harrison is expected to throw 95 pitches Saturday.

"I have to get more than 3 1/3 innings," Harrison said. "I know I'm close."

However, general manager Jon Daniels seems to think Harrison is going to need more time on his rehab assignment.

"There's not a set deadline," Daniels said. "I'm expecting him to make two more starts."


Report: Matt Harrison rehab stint could be lengthened


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Rangers starter Matt Harrison, who has not pitched since making two starts to begin the 2013 season, might be forced to wait a bit longer to return from a rehab assignment after back surgery.

General manager Jon Daniels has not committed to Harrison rejoining the Rangers rotation late next week, which indicates that the left-hander could be forced to make two or three more minor league starts, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.


Matt Harrison throws 77 pitches in rehab start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison threw 77 pitches in 3 1/3 innings in a rehab start with Double-A Frisco Monday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two.

Harrison was regularly scheduled to make his start Sunday, but rain delayed his outing by a day. He's on the way back from back surgery. Harrison is hoping to make it back to the Rangers by the end of the month.


Matt Harrison's rehab start pushed back due to rain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison had his rehab start Sunday for Double-A Frisco postponed due to rain.

Harrison, who is working his way back from back surgery, is hoping to be ready to return at the end of the month. The team will play a doubleheader on Monday, and Harrison will likely start one of the two games.

Rangers exercising patience with Matt Harrison


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) The Rangers hope to have Matt Harrison's arm strength built up in time for a call up by the end of the month, though his recovery might be going a bit slower than expected. General Manager Jon Daniels told MLB.com Saturday Harrison will likely not be ready to pitch in the majors by April 23, which had been floated as a possible return date.

"He'll be built up by the end of the month," GM Jon Daniels said. "I think by April 23 we said he theoretically could be ready to go 100 pitches, but that's not a deadline to activate him."

Harrison is recovering from back surgery, and threw just 62 pitches in his second rehab outing. He will pitch for Double-A Frisco Sunday, and Daniels said he expects the team to be patient with Harrison.

"We want to make sure he's ready to go," Daniels said. "He's definitely taking strides each time out, but I don't think he's ready yet. I think he's going to benefit from a few more starts."


Matt Harrison's next start scheduled for Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison's next rehab start is set for Sunday, according to FoxSports.com.

Harrison was able to throw five innings Tuesday during a start, and said it was the best he's felt throughout the process. His next start will likely come with the Frisco Roughriders.


Matt Harrison performs well in rehab start Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison performed well in a rehab start Tuesday, according to FoxSports.com.

Harrison allowed one run over five innings pitched. He tossed 62 pitches during the start. Harrison struck out three and walked none. He was able to sit at 91 mph throught the entire start. Harrison is attempting to come back from a back injury.


Rangers won't rush Matt Harrison back


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that the team won't rush pitcher Matt Harrison back to meet a specific target date, ESPNDallas.com reports.

"We’ve said he should be built up by April 23, but that’s not a deadline," Daniels said. "We want to make sure he’s 100 percent and able to compete. Really, when he’s 100 percent he should be able to dominate before he comes back."

The Rangers have until May 2 to end his rehab assignment and bring him back to the majors, so if he's not back by April 23, it won't take more than nine days to get him back.