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Matt Harrison to have surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Matt Harrison will close 2013 with more surgeries than starts.
Matt Harrison will close 2013 with more surgeries than starts. (USATSI)

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Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison has had his 2013 season ruined by injuries. And now, he's about to go under the knife for the third time this season. He has thoracic outlet syndrome and will have surgery Monday to alleviate the issue, he told reporters Saturday. The good news is that it's in his non-throwing right shoulder.

Back in July of 2009, Harrison had the procedure in his left (throwing) shoulder.

“I'm trying to set a record for surgeries in a year,” Harrison said (star-telegram.com). “When I had it on the left side, I was full recovery in 2 ½ months, and this is an arm I don't use to throw.”

As Harrison indicates, he's not expected to miss any time next spring due to the procedure.

Harrison had two back surgeries earlier this season and has already been declared done for 2013.

Harrison, 27, was 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in two starts this season, but, again, he was hampered by back issues. Last season he was 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, four complete games and two shutouts, making his first All-Star team.

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