Description: The Rangers have shut down Matt Harrison (back) for the year, according to Anthony Andro of FoxSportsSouthwest.com.
Insight: Harrison's back is not going to be strong enough to return. The lefty underwent two surgical procedures on his back in April after making just two starts this season.
7/18/2013 5:48:00 PM
Description: Texas lefty Matt Harrison (back) threw 25 pitches Thursday in his first bullpen session since undergoing two back surgeries, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Insight: Harrison threw at 75 percent intensity. The left-hander hasn't pitched since April 6 and isn't expected to return until late August or early September.
6/12/2013 9:10:00 PM
Description: Texas lefty Matt Harrison (back) is hoping to begin a throwing program Monday, but he likely won't be back in the rotation until late August or September, according to Rangers.mlb.com.
Insight: Harrison has been told to take it slow even after he starts his throwing program, which could mean throwing on flat ground for 4-6 weeks before stepping back on the mound. Harrison underwent back surgery earlier this season. "I haven't thrown in two months," Harrison said. "It would be like starting my offseason throwing program. It's frustrating, but it could be worse. I could have missed the whole year. I want to get it right in the next two months and be back at the end of the year. But it's probably going to be another two months for sure."
5/1/2013 7:16:00 PM
Description: Texas lefty Matt Harrison has encountered a setback in his recovery from a herniated disk. SOURCE: MLBlogs.com
Insight: Harrison, who had surgery about a week ago, went under the knife for a second procedure on Wednesday. At this point, his season is in jeopardy.
4/19/2013 7:33:00 PM
Description: Rangers lefthander Matt Harrison will have surgery on Tuesday to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. The procedure will keep Harrison sidelined until after the All-Star break. SOURCE: Anthony Andro, Fox Sports Southwest
Insight: Harrison (0-2, 8.44 ERA) was easily the team's best starting pitcher last season (18-11, 3.29) so this is a crushing blow to the Texas rotation. Fantasy owners can't be too thrilled either.
4/10/2013 6:50:00 PM
Description: Rangers lefty Matt Harrison (back) has been placed on the DL with a back injury.
Insight: Harrison has an 8.43 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP in 10 2/3 innings this season. He'll miss at least two more starts.
4/9/2013 6:08:00 PM
Description: Rangers lefty Matt Harrison (back) is likely to miss at least one start, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Insight: Harrison has an 8.43 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP in 10 2/3 innings this season. He's likely to be skipped Thursday against the Mariners.
4/6/2013 9:11:00 PM
Description: Rangers lefty Matt Harrison walked four and allowed eight hits and five runs in five innings Saturday against the Angels.
Insight: That makes two straight rough outings for Texas' Opening Day starter. He has an 8.43 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP in 10 2/3 innings.
3/31/2013 10:59:00 PM
Description: Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison was roughed up in his Opening Day start against the Astros Sunday night.
Insight: Harrison was tagged for six runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, though he did strike out nine. He has won 32 games and recorded a 3.34 ERA over the past two seasons, so don't let one bad outing change your opinion of him.
1/16/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Jeff Wilson from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers lefthander Matt Harrison has agreed to a five-year, $55 million contract extension.
Insight: Harrison has been surprisingly consistent for Texas over the last two seasons. Over that span, he's 32-20 with an impressive 3.34 ERA in 399 innings of work.
9/7/2012 10:05:00 PM
Description: Texas lefthander Matt Harrison will have his next start pushed back from Sunday to Tuesday.
Insight: Roy Oswalt (4-2, 5.85 ERA) will face Tampa Bay on Sunday with Harrison (15-7, 3.37) getting the nod Tuesday versus Cleveland.
7/15/2012 6:57:00 PM
Description: Fresh off allowing three runs in an inning of work in the All-Star Game, Rangers starter Matt Harrison tossed his second complete game shutout Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: After a strong campaign last year, Harrison (12-4, 2.87) has been brilliant this season, surprisingly becoming Texas' best -- and most durable -- starting pitcher.
6/18/2012 10:50:00 AM
Description: Texas starter Matt Harrison's overall ERA (3.54) and WHIP (1.239) are good, but over the past five starts he's been performing at an All-Star level.
Insight: Harrison has thrown 16 1/3 straight shutout innings and won four of his last five starts with a 1.42 ERA and 0.974 WHIP. He's a must-start against the weak-hitting Padres.
6/13/2012 11:00:00 PM
Description: Texas starter Matt Harrison continued to dominate Wednesday against Arizona. Harrison shut out the Diamondbacks on six hits over 7 1/3 innings but had to take a no decision.
Insight: Harrison has thrown 16 1/3 straight shutout innings. He won four straight starts prior to Wednesday and hasn't lost since May 12.
6/13/2012 11:45:00 AM
Description: Texas starter Matt Harrison is 8-3 this season with a 3.87 ERA and 1.253 WHIP, yet is owned in barely over half of all Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Insight: Harrison has been even better over his last four starts, going 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA and a 0.946 WHIP. With all the mediocre pitching and injuries, how is he not on a roster?
4/13/2012 10:46:00 PM
Description: Matt Harrison is now 2-0 this season after he beat Minnesota on Friday. Harrison tossed eight innings, giving up seven hits and one earned run while striking out four.
Insight: Harrison has been brilliant this season. He's likely to at least duplicate last season's numbers (14-9, 3.39 ERA).
5/29/2011 7:01:00 AM
Description: Rangers SP Matt Harrison left yesterday's game after 6 innings because of a blister problem on his pitching hand.
SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: Harrison could miss a start as a result of the blister. In weekly leagues it might be smart to keep him on your bench next week.
5/28/2011 9:41:00 PM
Description: Matt Harrison pitched six shutout innings against the Royals earning his fifth win of the season.
Insight: Harrison only registered one strikeout and has been throwing more offspeed stuff lately, but he's pitching very well. He's a start at this point in mixed leagues. Strikeout numbers may be up and down but he's really found a groove pitching for a great offense that's just now starting to click with Hamilton and Cruz returning.
3/24/2011 5:52:00 PM
Description: The back end of the Rangers rotation will consist of Matt Harrison, Tommy Hunter and Derek Holland.
Insight: Hunter's status is up in the air because of today's injury. The three pitchers will have 2-4 weeks to show their stuff before one gets bounced for Brandon Webb. Harrison has been the most consistent one in spring training but has the worst track record. All are bench candidates in deep mixed leagues.
3/6/2011 5:45:00 PM
Description: Matt Harrison started today's game and threw three scoreless innings.
Insight: He isn't at the top of the discussion for possible fifth starters in Texas but he used to be in their rotation and he has pitched well this spring so he could win one of the spots and be worth a pick in AL-Only leagues.
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