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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: 6 | Salary: $5,200,000 | Owned/Started%: 20/0 | Average Draft Position: 257.33
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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.


Matt Harrison's rain-soaked rehab outing cut short


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison was supposed to pitch four innings in his rehab appearance Thursday for Double-A Frisco, but rain cut his outing short.

Harrison still threw 41 pitches in his first outing while recovering from a back injury. He was tagged for two runs in two innings of work, although the rain officially lead to the game being cancelled.

According to ESPN.com, Harrison wasn't thrilled to see his velocity a few ticks lower than normal, but he reported no other issues. He will likely make his next appearance for Frisco Tuesday, with a four-inning, 65-pitch plan in place. 


Matt Harrison will need at least four rehab starts


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison will begin his minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A Frisco, but is probably still at least a few weeks from returning from back and shoulder surgeries.

According to MLB.com, Harrison will likely need at least four starts before the team considers him for the rotation. The report indicates April 23 against the Athletics is a possible target date for Harrison's return, though that is speculative at this point.


Matt Harrison set to make first rehab start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison (back) is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco Thursday, according to MLB.com. Harrison might need multiple starts in the minors before he comes off the disabled list.

Rangers place four on disabled list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) As expected, the Rangers have placed pitcher Yu Darvish (neck), second baseman Jurickson Profar (shoulder), catcher Geovany Soto (leg) and pitcher Matt Harrison (back) all the disabled list, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Soto was the only player placed on the 60-day DL.

Matt Harrison surrenders four runs vs. Astros Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison gave up four earned runs on five hits and two walks in three innings while striking out two in his team's 6-5 loss to the Astros Friday in San Antonio.

It was just Harrison's second official game of the spring as he continues to work his way back from multiple back surgeries that wiped out most of his 2013 season. He'll need another few weeks of rehab before joining the Rangers rotation, likely before the end of April.


Rangers three key starters expected back by end of April


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Starting pitchers Colby Lewis (hip), Yu Darvish (back) and Matt Harrison (back) will all return in that order to the Rangers rotation by April 23, the Dallas Morning News has predicted.

Lewis and Harrison both missed the entire 2013 season with their injuries.

Texas needs quick recoveries from all three. Its opening day starter is Tanner Scheppers, who will be making his major league debut as a starter in that game.


Matt Harrison surrenders three runs in Cactus League debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Making his Cactus League debut Monday, Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings in his team's 6-0 loss to the Royals.

Harrison is returning from multiple back surgeries that caused him to miss virtually all of 2013. The spring results are obviously less important than his health as he continues to recover. Harrison may not quite make it back by the beginning of the regular season, but he shouldn't miss much time if he is sidelined.


Matt Harrison scheduled for Monday debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison threw 47 pitches in live batting practice Friday and is scheduled to make his spring debut with two innings against the Royals Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Harrison, who is recovering from two back surgeries, threw one inning in a "B" game Tuesday. He pitched in just two games with the Rangers last season.


Matt Harrison tosses one inning in 'B' game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison (back) threw one scoreless inning Tuesday without any issues during a "B" game against the Royals, per MLB.com. He allowed one single, but needed only 11 pitches to finish off the inning against a K.C. lineup that featured Alcides Escobar, Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer.

Matt Harrison throws successful bullpen session Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison completed a successful, 12-minute bullpen session Friday, MLB.com reports.

"I was a little nervous," Harrison said. "At 7:15 this morning, I was walking around with butterflies in my stomach. I felt good. Half was from the stretch and half was from the windup. I had a couple of issues with my timing, but I was able to find it right away."

Harrison has been dealing with a back injury this spring. He is expected to throw another bullpen session Sunday before potentially seeing game action Tuesday.


Matt Harrison to throw live batting practice Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is slated to throw a live batting practice session Friday, according to the Star-Telegram.

Harrison tossed 38 pitches during a bullpen session Wednesday, and said he felt like he did when he first reported to camp. If he can get through a live batting practice session with no setbacks, he could be close to pitching in a game. Harrison has been dealing with back issues during camp.


Matt Harrison to throw off half-mound Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison will throw off a half-mound Monday, according to the Star-Telegram.

Harrison is dealing with some early back issues in camp, but has been able to slowly increase his throwing distance. He's coming off two back surgeries, so the team wants to be cautious with him. Harrison tossed just 10 2/3 innings in the majors last season before having surgery.


Matt Harrison throwing from 120 feet


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison was able to throw from 120 feet Thursday, according to ESPN.

Harrison said his back held up well during the throwing session. "I didn't overdo it," Harrison said. "But I did let it go a little bit and gave it some oomph to test the back out." Harrison isn't sure what he'll do next. He did add that his back felt "great" after the session. 


Matt Harrison 'unlikely' to be ready for start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison's MRI came back clean and will resume his throwing program Thursday. Harrison received a nerve-block injection to combat neck stiffness.

While the Rangers are happy with the report they received, assistant general manager Thad Levine said it's "unlikely" Harrison will be ready for the start of the season.


Matt Harrison is back to full strength


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is back to full strength, according to MLB.com.

Harrison was dealing with a back injury, but says he's fine now. The team will still send him to see a specialist Monday to be safe. Harrison had two back injuries last season, so it is an area of concern. Harrison said he injured his back sleeping in a bad bed. He's remedied the situation, and believes he'll be fine going forward.


Matt Harrison feeling a little better, will still see doctor


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison's back feels a bit better, but he'll still see a specialist, according to the Star-Telegram.

Harrison's back improved after he slept on the floor Thursday night. Despite feeling some relief, the team will still send Harrison to a specialist Monday. Harrison missed most of the 2013 season due to back issues which led to surgery. 

He posted a 3.29 ERA in 213 1/3 innings in 2012.


Matt Harrison back to be examined by specialist


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that ailing right-hander Matt Harrison will not only have an MRI on his lower back, but will return to Dallas on Monday to be examined by spine specialist Dr. Drew Dossett, the surgeon who worked on him last year. Harrison will be sidelined at least until a prognosis is given.

"There's obviously some concern there from what happened last year," Harrison told The Associated Press. "I just hope that it's not a serious issue and something I can take a few days down and stay on top of my core program and get right back out there. ... It's not fair to say that I'm not worried about it."

The loss of Harrison in the regular season would strain a rotation that lacks depth beyond Yu Darvish, Martin Perez and perhaps Alexi Ogando.


Back stiffness has Matt Harrison lined up for MRI


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Rangers right-hander Matt Harrison, who missed nearly all of last season with a back issue, has experienced stiffness in his same area and is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday, per ESPN.

He also reported neck stiffness early in the week that prevented him from throwing batting practice, though the move was deemed at the time to be precautionary.

Harrison made just two starts in 2013 after emerging as a premier pitcher in 2011 and 2012. He compiled a 32-21 record with a 3.33 ERA in those two seasons combined.


Matt Harrison to meet with team doctors Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison will meet with team doctors Thursday, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Harrison is dealing with a neck issue, but is expected to be cleared by doctors Thursday. Harrison may have been able to throw Wednesday, but the team doctor is away until Thursday. Harrison is attempting to return after pitching just 10 2/3 innings due to a back injury.