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.
Category: Injury Updates
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.