The Texas Rangers were without stud starting pitcher Matt Harrison for effectively the entire 2013 season due to back issues. One can imagine, then, how stressful it was for everybody involved when Harrison was sent to Dallas last week for an MRI because his lower back was giving him trouble again.
Today Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the team received good news about Harrison’s MRI, though he will still likely miss the beginning of the 2014 season:
According to assistant general manager Thad Levine, the MRI exam done last week showed no issues with the twice-repaired herniated disc in Harrison’s lower back. He was, however, given a nerve-blocking injection to combat a still-stiff neck, which Harrison and the Rangers attribute to a bad mattress.
He will fly back to Arizona on Tuesday and will resume a throwing program – essentially playing catch – on Thursday. When that progresses to mound work and then facing hitters is still uncertain.”
I’m going to send a little bit of unsolicited advice to the Texas Rangers on this one: get this dude a nice mattress.
It is hard to overstate how good Harrison was in 2012: he went 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA and threw 213.1 innings. For all of the talk about the Rangers’ lineup, they could sure use Harrison in their rotation if they want to be a contender once again in 2014.