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Matt Harrison is in The Best Shape Of His Life

Nov 14, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

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We’re still three months from spring training, but after missing nearly all of this year following multiple back surgeries Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison is getting a head start on the annual Best Shape Of His Life rush:

Via Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas:

Harrison said he’s down to 240 pounds, a weight that he’d like to stay at for spring training. Thanks mainly to medication, Harrison said he ballooned up to 270 pounds at one point. He said his playing weight is normally around 250, but doesn’t want to pitch at that weight anymore.  “It would help with everything to take a little stress off the back and make it easier to run,” Harrison said.

6-foot-4 and 240 pounds is still a big boy, but hopefully this helps Harrison stay healthy and resume being one of the league’s best lefties in 2014.

  1. beefytrout - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Yes, the Rangers will need a full season of Harrison in 2014, performing similar to how he did in 2012.

  2. cur68 - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Its BSOHL season already? Huh. Somebody better wake up Kopy and tell him to get the list started then. I think he saw his shadow, thought he had another 2 months of winter ball before the season began, and went back to sleep.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      I doubt that at 240, Harrison is actually in the best shape of his life. Give Kopy a break.

      • stex52 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        You have to remember the rules of the game. They only have to claim to be in the BSOHL. We don’t do any validation on that. So I think he goes on the list.

      • cur68 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        True, true. 240 is not tiny. I doubt its even considered trim even if you are 6’4″. Still, he made the claim. BSOHL. He’s on the list. I hope Kopy hasn’t gone into serious hibernation already. He’ll be all grouchy if he’s woken up from that.

    • 4d3fect - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      I was hoping til at least Christmastime or beyond for the BSOHL train to leave the station. *grumble*

  3. jcmeyer10 - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    All joking aside, we saw what happened after Lackey showed up in the BSohL.

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