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Matt Harrison took a big step toward returning to the active roster yesterday. The Texas Rangers' lefty has been on the disabled list for most of the season, but he is on his way back. He made his first rehab start yesterday and will continue to try to progress in each rehab start going forward.
Matt Harrison goes 1 1/3 innings, throws 31 pitches in his first rehab start with Double A Frisco. #Rangers
— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) August 1, 2013
Matt Harrison started the season as the Rangers' Opening Day starter. He then had to quickly be placed on the DL with what was initially described as a back strain. He was ultimately diagnosed with a herniated disc. The herniated disc problem required surgery, and Harrison is now trying to work his swayback from that.
Harrison received a five-year, $55 million contract extension this past offseason. It was a big move for the Rangers and a signal that they now think of him as their ace. That could change depending on how Yu Darvish progresses, but Harrison has more time in the league and has proven himself.
In his career, Harrison is 48-32 with a 4.15 ERA. He has split time between the bullpen and starting rotation throughout his career. In fact, he has started just 96 of his 128 career appearances. Prior to this season, Harrison had posted back-to-back impressive seasons, prompting the Rangers to feel like he had turned a corner. That may still be true, but the back injury this season has limited his ability to pitch. As he comes back, he could be an integral part of any run the Rangers make down the stretch.
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