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Major League Baseball

Career W-L
49-33
 
Career ERA
4.15
Name  Matt Harrison
Born  9/16/1985
Height  6-4
Weight  240
Number  54
Position  SP
Bats  L
Throws  L
6/3/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Texas starter Matt Harrison had spinal fusion surgery on Tuesday. SOURCE: TR Sullivan, MLB.com
Insight: He won't pitch again in 2014. Peyton Manning underwent a similar procedure a few years ago and came back better than ever so hopefully the same is true for Harrison. The left-hander turns 29 in September.
 
5/14/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Rangers starter Matt Harrison has a displaced verterbra in his back, along with a significant nerve irritation, and may have to undergo career-threatening spinal fusion surgery, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
Insight: Harrison missed most of the 2013 season due to a back injury that required multiple surgeries, but that was a disc issue. This is much more serious. Texas also found out Wednesday that Martin Perez has a partially torn UCL. Nick Tepesch and Nick Martinez will join the rotation, with Scott Baker and Joe Saunders possibly serving as starting options down the line.
 
5/13/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Rangers starter Matt Harrison left Tuesday's game after 1 2/3 innings due to back stiffness, according to ESPNDallas.com.
Insight: Harrison's velocity was reportedly down and he didn't look right. The left-hander spent most of 2013 on the shelf due to multiple back surgeries.
 
5/13/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Rangers starter Matt Harrison left Tuesday's game after 1 2/3 innings.
Insight: Harrison's velocity was down and he didn't look right, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. The left-hander spent most of 2013 on the shelf due to multiple back surgeries.
 
4/27/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: In his first start in more than a year, Rangers starter Matt Harrison allowed two runs on three hits in six innings Sunday at Seattle.
Insight: Harrison missed most of last season due to two back surgeries and dealt with back and neck stiffness during spring training. The left-hander went 32-20 with a 3.34 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and a 259/116 K/BB over 399 innings in 2011-12.
 
4/23/2014 4:11:00 PM
Description: Texas left-hander Matt Harrison will make his season debut Sunday against Seattle. SOURCE: Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News
Insight: Harrison was originally slated to return on Friday but the team didn't want him batting during the team's upcoming interleague series against the Rockies so they pushed him back a couple days. Harrison missed most of last season with back issues. His last start in the big leagues came on April 6, 2013.
 
4/20/2014 3:17:00 PM
Description: The Rangers expect Matt Harrison to return to the starting rotation later this week. SOURCE: Jim Duquette, MLB Network
Insight: Harrison, who has been recovering from a back injury, tossed eight shutout innings Saturday in a rehab start for Double-A Frisco. The left-hander flashed Cy Young potential before injuries limited him to two starts last season and should be a gamble worth taking.
 
4/1/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison will start for Double-A Frisco Thursday, according to Richard Durrett of espndallas.com.
Insight: Harrison has been bothered by tightness in his neck and back after sleeping on a soft mattress in February. He underwent two back surgeries as well as thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last season and missed most of the year. Harrison will need a few more minor league starts before he's able to rejoin the rotation.
 
3/11/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison threw a scoreless inning on Tuesday, needing just 11 pitches to set down the Royals.
Insight: Harrison has been bothered by stiffness in his neck and back. He missed most of last season after undergoing back surgery. Harrison isn't likely to be ready for the start of the season, but should be back in mid-to-late April.
 
3/7/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: The Rangers expect lefthander Matt Harrison to begin the year on the DL. SOURCE: Gerry Fraley, Dallas Morning News
Insight: Harrison has been bothered by stiffness in his neck and back. He missed most of last season after undergoing back surgery so this probably isn't a good sign. Harrison's injury could open up a spot in the rotation for Joe Saunders (11-16, 5.26 ERA).
 
2/24/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Matt Harrison's MRI came back clean. The Texas lefthander has been dealing with lower back stiffness. SOURCE: Richard Durrett, ESPN Dallas
Insight: That's good news for Harrison but he's still a long shot for Opening Day. Fantasy owners need to be very cautious after injuries limited Harrison to just two starts last season.
 
1/21/2014 1:14:00 PM
Description: Rangers LHP Matt Harrison (back) threw a bullpen session and felt fine, according to Anthony Andro of foxsportssouthwest.com
Insight: The lefty underwent two surgical procedures on his back in April and made just two starts all last season - both losses. Harrison had low-end fantasy value in both 2011 (14-9, 3.39 ERA) and 2012 (18-11, 3.29 ERA). It remains to be seen if he can return to that level of consistency.
 
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.
 
Cold4/10/2013 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.
 
Cold4/9/2013 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.
 
Cold4/6/2013 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.
 

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