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Matt Harrison undergoes spinal fusion surgery, which could threaten his baseball career

Jun 3, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT

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Matt Harrison has been limited to six starts over the past two seasons because of lingering back issues, and now his career might be in jeopardy.

Anthony Andro of FOXSportsSouthwest.com reports that Harrison underwent lumbar disc fusion surgery on Tuesday in Dallas, Texas and “there’s a chance” he won’t recover to the point where he can throw from a mound on a regular basis. The 28-year-old lefty has already been placed on the disabled list and can at least be ruled out though the remainder of 2014.

Harrison signed a five-year, $55 million contract extension with Texas before the 2013 season.

He posted a 3.34 ERA (132 ERA+) in 399 innings between the 2011 and 2012 campaigns.

  1. 1998yanks - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Sad to say it, but he is done.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Yah but at least he went out with 55 million+ in earnings.

    • doctornature - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      The Teixeira trade once looked like an awesome haul. But Feliz had 2 good years, then blew the save in game 6, then had TJ after switching to a starter.

      Harrison had 2 good years, now he is PUP forever maybe.

      Andrus keeps making that 10 year, $15 MM/year extension look worse and worse. A solid 200 pounder with 20 HR his entire career, a .710 OPS, and trouble with routine plays and ADD on the bases.

      I guess the Rangers did all right, but with any luck, these 3 could have been a great foundation for the Rangers, but the foundation is now cracked beyond repair.

      • Jonestein - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM

        Are you kidding me? The Teixeira trade was and still is an awesome haul. We got a Rookie of the Year (and great closer) in Feliz, an almost ROY and decent SS in Elvis, some decent time from Salty before he got the yips, and a great #2-3 starter in Harrison. If the Rangers hadn’t traded Tex he would have left via FA and the Rangers would have gotten nothing in return.

        What a ridiculous comment.

      • yahmule - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        Elvis Andrus is 25 years old and he has compiled 852 hits and 178 SB in the major leagues. That seems kind of good to me.

  2. markofapro - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Get better soon, Matt. Take care of that back.

  3. thetxhammer - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Jones nailed it.

    Without that trade we don’t make the World Series either of the two years.

    Texiera and his clutch popups would not have carried us, not to mention he wouldn’t have been here since he would have left anyway.

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