According to sources, the Rangers will be announcing a trade to acquire starting pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman for Matt Harrison and five prospects, including catcher Jorge Alfaro. (Source: www.mlb.com)
Fantasy Impact: If this comes true, it answers the question whether the Rangers would be buyers or sellers before the deadline. Apparently, GM Jon Daniels feels his squad still has a chance to earn a playoff spot this year, and is also looking toward the future. The prospect of a rotation featuring Hamels, Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, and a combination of Colby Lewis/Yovani Gallardo/Martin Perez is one that could be very exciting. Of course, Gallardo could still be traded, Lewis would have to be resigned while Darvish, Holland and Perez are all in different stages of rehabbing from surgeries.
Matt Harrison allowed six hits and six runs over six innings of work in the Rangers 6-2 loss to the Yankees today. Harrison walked two and struck out two in watching in record fall to 1-2.
Fantasy Impact: Harrison's first three starts since undergoing spinal fusion surgery can be summed up this way: bad start, good start, bad start. Certainly not unexpected results and certainly a player that should only be rostered in the deepest of leagues at this point.
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In just his second appearance of the season, Matt Harrison was firing on all cylinders, scattering seven hits over six innings in the Rangers 9-0 win over the Rockies. Harrison (1-1) walked one and struck out two on the day.
Fantasy Impact: Any time you can hold the Rockies scoreless at Coors Field you've done a great job of pitching. A return to form by Harrison would be a huge shot in the arm to the Rangers playoff aspirations.
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Matt Harrison, making his first start since undergoing spinal fusion surgery, was hit hard by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Rangers 7-4 loss today. Harrison allowed six hits and six earned runs in just four innings of work. He walked three and struck out just one.
Fantasy Impact: This should not come as a shock to anyone. Harrison's rehab starts in the minors were not impressive either, but GM Jon Daniels felt it was time to bring him up and see how he would compete against major league hitters. It didn't work out well today, but he is trying to overcome a lot and it might take him a few starts to work out the kinks.
The Texas Rangers have activated SP Matt Harrison from the disabled list. To make room on the roster for Harrison, Texas optioned Chi Chi Gonzalez to Triple-A.
Fantasy Impact: Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery in June 2014, and has been sidelined since. He is slated to start Wednesday. While he's lacked the strikeout upside fantasy owners covet, he's been a solid SP. He's worth monitoring.
Matt Harrison will attempt to do something next week that no previous major league pitcher has been able to do - return to the majors and start a game after undergoing spinal fusion surgery on his back. (Source: rangersblog.dallasnews.com)
Fantasy Impact: Harrison made his last rehab start on Wednesday and his numbers certainly aren't impressive - a 5.97 ERA over six starts. But GM Jon Daniels says it's time to put him "under the lights and see where he is." Harrison started four games in 2014 before being shut down. His best season was in 2012 when he went 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA.
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Sun, May 31st 8:12pm EDT
By Mitch Cox
Matt Harrison will take a major step in his bid to rejoin the Rangers rotation when he makes a rehab start at Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday. Harrison is trying to become the first major league pitcher to come back from spinal fusion surgery. (Source: www.mlb.com)
Fantasy Impact: Harrison is set to pitch for the Express in Reno on Wednesday, then make another start the following Monday against Oklahoma City in Round Rock. He has already pitched four games in extended spring training this year. His return would be a huge boost to a rotation that has really been held together with duct tape and bailing wire after the season-ending injury to Yu Darvish and the shoulder problems of Derek Holland.
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Harrison's recovery from spinal fusion surgery will keep him out of the Rangers plans until at least June. (Source: rangersblog.dallasnews.com)
Fantasy Impact: The Rangers are taking it very slow with Harrison as he has had his last two seasons cut short by injuries. The team had made it clear he wouldn't be ready for Opening Day, but now Harrison says he expects to open the season on the 60-day disabled list. At 29 years old, this is probably the southpaw's last chance to pitch at the major league level, so he and the team are going to make sure he's as healthy as he can possibly be before taking the bump.
Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison resumes throwing after more than a seven month absence. He required career threatening back fusion surgery but has successfully thrown from 25, 30 and 45 feet. He told Jeff Wilson that his back feels fine. (Source: @JeffWilson_FWST)
Fantasy Impact: Harrison's trek to regain full health is looking better by the day and it looks like he could contribute in 2015 after all. When healthy Harrison has been a solid performer but his issues have always been staying healthy. He is not worth targeting in drafts but if he makes his return he is a good start if the match-up is favorable.