Found February 24, 2014 on Larry Brown Sports:
PLAYERS: Matt Harrison
TEAMS: Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison burst onto the scene as a starter three years ago, compiling a 3.34 ERA and winning 32 games between the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Last year, Harrison made just two starts before needing two surgeries to repair a herniated disk in his back. He’s now in danger of not being […]

Rangers LHP Harrison not likely ready for opener

Matt Harrison concedes that he likely won't be ready to pitch for the Texas Rangers by opening day. The left-hander, who hasn't thrown in a week because of stiffness in his neck and back, just hopes things are different from last year. He was the opening day starter then, but made only one more start. ''Kind of trade-off from last year,'' Harrison said Sunday...

Texas Rangers extend Ron Washington through 2015 season

The Texas Rangers and manager Ron Washington agreed Monday to a one-year contract extension through 2015. “We feel as strongly as we ever have about Wash and we expect that to continue for a long time,” Daniels said at a late-afternoon press conference Monday. “He’s a big part of who we are and what we are all about and is everything you would want in a leader.” The 61...

Matt Harrison feeling better

Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is encouraged by how his back feels, but does not expect to be ready for the first series of the regular season against the Philadelphia Phillies. "I'm probably 10 days behind," Harrison said. "Hopefully, I can get back for the second or third series of the year." Harrison blames the tightness he felt earlier in the week...

Rangers officially tab Darvish opening day starter

Yu Darvish will be the opening day starter for the Rangers. Manager Ron Washington says he informed Darvish on Tuesday morning that the right-hander from Japan will start March 31 against Philadelphia at home. Darvish is going into his third major league season. He started the second game last season, when he came within one out of a perfect game against Houston. He went on to...

Player Profile #36: Alex Rios | OF | TEX

I’ll never understand why Alex Rios isn’t a more sought-after commodity. He’s finished each of the last two seasons ranked 16th overall, and aside for an awful 2011 season, he’s been money in the bank every year of his career. He’s topped 30 combined HR and SB in seven of the last eight years and he’s topped 40 in five of the last six. When it comes to balanced counting...

Rangers add year to manager Ron Washington's deal

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington finally has a contract past this season. General manager Jon Daniels said Monday that the Rangers have added a year to Washington's contract through 2015. Washington is the team's winningest manager with 611 wins over seven seasons, and led Texas to its only two World Series appearances. The Rangers had last extended Washington's...

Rangers’ Manager Ron Washington Is Fired Up In Defense of Bunting

Credit: Associated Press According to Gil Lebreton of the Star Telegram, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is a very strong supporter of the sacrifice bunt. Washington does not believe the saber metric data that states that the sacrifice bunt is the play that inflicts the most self damage when compared to its benefit. When informed of the saber metric data by a Spring Training...

Rangers extend manager Ron Washington through 2015

Ron Washington won’t be a lame-duck manager this season. The Texas Rangers and Washington agreed to a contract extension through the 2015 season, general manager Jon Daniels announced on Monday. “I thought this was a foregone conclusion, this guy has been our leader through a lot of tremendous times,” Daniels said. “You’re talking about a tenured veteran guy who this...

With Cruz to O's, Moreland in line to DH for Rangers

Mitch Moreland can relax. Nelson Cruz is not returning to the Rangers and taking his spot at designated hitter. Instead, Cruz has agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with the Orioles. The Rangers had been keeping in touch with Cruz's agent, Adam Katz, but were already stretching the limits of their payroll after adding Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo this offseason. ...

Ron Washington defends his use of the bunt

Some believe that Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington bunts too often. When one reporter gave his thoughts on bunting to Washington it generated a colorful response from the Rangers manager of seven seasons. “I think if they try to do that, they’re going to be telling me how to [bleep] manage,” Washington said. “That’s the way I answer that [bleep] question. They can take...

Rangers extend Ron Washington

The Texas Rangers and manager Ron Washington agreed to a contract extension through the 2015 season reports Richard Durrett of Washington, 61, joined the ball-club after the 2006 season following nearly a decade as the Oakland A’s third-base coach. He’s been at the wheel during the organization’s most successful era where they won two AL West championships...

Rangers, with top pitchers injured, latest to check in on Ervin Santana

The Rangers, very likely concerned about injuries to their pitching staff, have now checked in on top free agent starter Ervin Santana, sources confirm. Texas suffered one big loss to its rotation when Derek Holland needed knee surgery following an accident with his dog at home, and there is worry now about Matt Harrison, who is having an MRI on his troublesome lower back following...

Ron Washington vows to keep bunting

Ron Washington defending bunting is one of the surest signs of spring. It's becoming a bit of an annual tradition, really, and when one writer in the Rangers' press corps asked what the deal was with all of the bunting in the team's early drills, Washington delivered with a goldmine of colorful quotes. Writers questioning Washington's decision-making is nothing...

Ron Washington goes off on bunting critics

Ron Washington is one of the few managers left in the league who appreciates the value of a good sacrifice bunt. The more time that passes, the more statisticians have come to believe that giving up a free out is rarely a good decision. The Texas Rangers manager went off on Sunday when asked what […]
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