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Matt Harrison won’t return from back surgery this season

Aug 13, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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Matt Harrison hasn’t pitched since April 6 because of back problems that required two surgeries and the Rangers announced that he’s been shut down for the remainder of the season.

Harrison was a huge part of Texas’ success during the past two seasons, throwing 400 innings with a 3.34 ERA to emerge as one of the league’s best left-handed starters, and this is the first season of a five-year, $55 million contract extension that was signed in January.

Harrison was cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in late July and had been hoping to rejoin the Rangers after 4-5 starts, but he struggled in a start last week at Triple-A and the team decided he’s simply not making enough progress. Colby Lewis is also out for the entire season following hip surgery, so the Rangers’ decision to pony up for Matt Garza has saved them from scrambling for rotation depth.

  1. sametalker - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Happy Left-handers Day !!

  2. beefytrout - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Horrible news for the Rangers. Ogando does not have what it takes to be a starter, and if the Rangers do make it to the postseason, they’ll have to throw either him or Perez out there as the 4th starter.

    • kennyadler1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Ummm….he was an All-Star last year and very successful the year before….not sure you can categorically say he “doesn’t have what it takes to be a starter” because he has had a couple bad starts off the DL this season….

      • beefytrout - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        I can and I did. And I stand by it. He cannot withstand the workload of a full-time starter.

      • eightyraw - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        Or they could use Ogando AND Perez as the fourth-starter. Just piggyback them. This is what the Rangers did with Hunter and Holland in 2010.

  3. kennyadler1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    If you want to say it correctly then you say “He hasn’t proven that he can or cannot handle the workload of a full-time starter”. It is a much different statement (and accurate mind you) rather than yours….

    • eightyraw - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      And I’m not sure why it matters at this point if Ogando is capable of throwing 200 innings in a season. Can he stay healthy for two months while in the rotation? He’s done it before.

  4. jadaruler - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Get well Harry. Ogando needs to be in the bullpen. He is strong enough to be a starter. I would stretch out Ross again in Spring Training and try him as the 5th starter.

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