Matt Harrison has made just three starts in the past two seasons and did not pitch at all last year. He came back from spinal fusion surgery in 2015 and went back on the disabled list with a type of lower-back inflammation called hyperthyroidism. He was released by the Phillies this offseason and it is fair to wonder if he will ever pitch again in the majors. He certainly does not belong on any fantasy rosters.
Harrison (back) was released by the Phillies on Tuesday. This amounts to one really expensive 40-man roster spot, as the Phillies have to eat $15.2 million by releasing Harrison this offseason, whereas there was a $2 million buyout option available next offseason. Harrison's back injury is clearly still believed to be a pretty significant issue, and it is unclear if he will be ready to pitch this spring.
Harrison (back) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Harrison was unable to pitch during the 2016 campaign due to hyperthyroidism, a type of lower-back inflammation. He'll reclaim his spot on the 40-man roster, although it's still unclear where he is in his recovery from the issue.
The Phillies placed Harrison (back) on the 60-day disabled list Saturday, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports. It is questionable if Harrison will pitch at all this season. He is sidelined with hyperthyroidism, a type of lower-back inflammation.
Harrison (back) will not be present when pitchers and catchers report to Phillies camp Thursday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. General manager Matt Klentak said, "We're not expecting him to be here any time soon, if at all this year. If things go well, we'll be happy to get him back, but the reality is we're kind of in a wait-and-see mode and we have to let it play out." Harrison wasn't expected to be ready for spring training, but this is the finishing touch to make it so. The southpaw's return is completely dependent on how well he can recover from his hyperthyroidism, which the Phillies have decided to take day by day and not rush him through his recovery.
Harrison (back) is not expected to be ready for spring training and it is unlikely he will pitch anytime soon, the Phillies' official site reports. Harrison, who came over to the Phillies as a salary dump in the Cole Hamels trade, made just three starts last season before returning to the disabled list with a type of lower-back inflammation called hyperthyroidism. Even if he can return at some point this year, his chances for success are diminished due to his declining velocity.