Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/9/13
The Rangers have received bad news after bad news this season on left-hander Matt Harrison who after recently opting to have thoracic outlet surgery on his non-throwing right shoulder joked that he may set a surgery record this year. This is his third surgery of the year reportedly set for Monday. The one piece of good news at least as far as the team is concerned: they do have insurance on Harrison whose $55-million five-year deal begins with a $5-million salary this season. "We'd rather have Harrison'' lamented one Rangers person. That's understandable as Harrison was 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA in 2012 when he made his first All-Star team at age 27 and received his first Cy Young votes leading to his big backloaded deal that's to pay him $8 million next year and $13 million a year each of the three years after that. With a $1-million signing bonus and $2-million buyout at the end that's $55 million. It isn't known exactly how much the Rangers' insurance will cover. But suffice it to say the Rangers weren't expecting a year like this for Harrison who had two surgeries already -- one in April and one in May -- for a herniated disk in his back. Thoracic outlet syndrome is a nerve condition can be tricky for pitchers but Harrison had a successful procedure on his throwing shoulder and was back within three months a few years ago so he has expressed how unconcerned he is about this one this time on his non-throwing shoulder. The procedure involves the removal of a rib to help alleviate numbness in the arm or hand. According to the Dallas Morning News Harrison the Rangers' Opening Day starter has been dealing with pain in his shoulder and neck and headaches in addition to the numbness issue.
PLAYERS: Matt Harrison
TEAMS: Texas Rangers
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