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November 15, 2016 02:10 PM
Matt Harrison: Released by Phillies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 3, 2016 04:03 PM
Phillies' Matt Harrison: Brought back from DL on Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 2, 2016 04:37 PM
Phillies' Matt Harrison: Placed on the 60-day disabled list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 17, 2016 01:59 PM
Phillies' Matt Harrison: Will not be present at Phillies camp Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrison (back) was not present when pitchers and catchers reported to Phillies camp Wednesday, 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 Klentak's comments suggest Harrison could miss the entire 2016 season. The southpaw's return to active competition will be completely dependent on how well he can recover from hyperthyroidism, a type of lower-back inflammation. He underwent spinal fusion surgery in June of 2014.

January 22, 2016 05:42 AM
Phillies' Matt Harrison: Unlikely to pitch anytime soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 3, 2015 12:59 PM
Phillies' Matt Harrison: Activated from the 60-day disabled list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Phillies activated Harrison (back) from the 60-day disabled list on Monday.

The move is procedural. Harrison remains sidelined indefinitely with a back issue.

July 31, 2015 08:50 PM
Phillies place newly-acquired Matt Harrison on disabled list
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

The Phillies placed left-handed pitcher Matt Harrison on the 15-day disabled list, per the News Journal.

Harrison was just acquired by the Phillies, from Texas, for Cole Hamels. He hadn't appeared in a game for the team. He's suffering from lower back inflammation. 

July 31, 2015 01:40 PM
Phillies receive P Matt Harrison, five prospects for Hamels
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Phillies have at least received strength in numbers from the Rangers in return for stud left-hander Cole Hamels. They get six players back, including four pitchers.

The lone experienced hurler is left-hander Matt Harrison, who is coming off a back injury that has limited him to three starts this season.

The only non-pitchers are catcher Jorge Alfaro and outfielder Nick Williams, who has compiled a fine .299/.357/.470 slash line this season with 13 homers and 10 stolen bases at Double-A Frisco. He has put together the best season of all the players Philadelphia is getting back. Alfaro is at .253/.314/.432 at Frisco.

The Phillies also get back right-handers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff. Thompson is 6-6 with a 4.72 ERA for Frisco with 78 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings. Asher is 4-10 with a 4.43 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock. Eickhoff is 10-4 with a 4.11 ERA with the same team. He has fanned 107 in 111 2/3 innings.

Thompson is considered a top-50 prospect by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. MLB.com ranks him as a top-100 prospect. Williams and Alfaro are also among Baseball Prospectus' top-50 and MLB.com's top-100 lists.

July 30, 2015 01:10 AM
Report: Harrison dealt to Phillies as part of Hamels swap
by Elliot Smith | CBSSports.com

Former All-Star starter Matt Harrison, who returned to the majors this season after suffering a serious back injury, is one of the major names being shipped to the Phillies from the Rangers as part of the big trade for starter Cole Hamels. 

Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery to fix a back problem that has limited him for the past three seasons. He recently returned to the Rangers rotation, making three starts, including a rough outing Monday in which he allowed six runs. 

He is owed $28 million over the final two years of his contract. The Phillies will also receive a host of Rangers' prospects, including catcher Jorge Alfaro and outfielder Nick Williams.  

The trade has not been officially announced by either team. 

July 28, 2015 12:50 AM
Rangers SP Matt Harrison allows six runs in Monday's loss
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison struggled throughout his start Monday against the Yankees, which the Rangers lost 6-2.

Harrison allowed six runs on six hits over six innings of work. He also struck out two and walked two. He gave up a two-run home run to Didi Gregorius in the third inning and a solo home run to Alex Rodriguez in the sixth. His ERA rose from 5.40 to 6.75.

Harrison (1-2) has one quality start over his three starts this season.

July 22, 2015 01:50 AM
Matt Harrison earns first win of year for Rangers
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison earned his first win of the season in his second start, Tuesday against Colorado. 

Harrison allowed seven hits in six shutout innings. He evened his record at 1-1, matching last year's record and doubling his win total since the start of 2013

July 10, 2015 09:46 AM
Rangers SP Matt Harrison rocked in 2015 debut
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

It was nice for Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison to return to the mound Wednesday for the first time since May 2014.

A better performance against Arizona would have made it much nicer.

Harrison allowed six runs on six hits in four innings to take the defeat. He walked three and fanned one.

A terrible second inning set the stage. He surrendered five runs on singles by Cliff Pennington and Nick Ahmed and three-run homer to A.J. Pollock.

Harrison settled down thereafter. A single by Pollock, who eventually scored, chased him from the game.

July 10, 2015 09:50 AM
Rangers' Matt Harrison off DL on Saturday; will start Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison has been reinstated from the disabled list on Saturday. Harrison is set to make his season debut and start on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Harrison hasn't thrown a big-league pitch since May of 2014, as he has been recovering from back injury that cost him most of last season.  

Yovani Gallardo will pitch on Tuesday to open the series against the D-Backs, with Harrison going on Wednesday. Then, the Rangers are expected to go with Wandy Rodriguez, Colby Lewis and Gallardo to complete the first-half of the season against the Padres, according to the Dallas Morning News.

July 10, 2015 09:51 AM
Rangers to start Matt Harrison this Tuesday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

The Rangers will start pticher Matt Harrison on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, according to MLB.com

Harrison has been on the disabled list with a back injury. During his rehab assignment, Harrison allowed three runs over six innings. 

July 10, 2015 09:52 AM
Rangers will start Matt Harrison on Tuesday or Wednesday
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Rangers manager Jon Daniels said Thursday the team will turn to pitcher Matt Harrison to start next Tuesday or Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Harrison is on the disabled list with a back issue. He made his last rehab start Thursday and allowed three runs over six innings at Triple-A.

“He has made progress, maybe with his confidence as much as anything,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “After three back surgeries in two years, I’m sure he had some questions. I know this winter, I didn’t know if this day would come. But it’s time. He’s going to get anything out of additional minor league starts. It’s time to put him under the lights and see where he is.”

July 10, 2015 09:52 AM
Rangers RP Matt Harrison wraps up rehab assignment
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison (back) made his sixth and final rehab start Wednesday. He allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out six in six innings for Triple-A Round Rock.

Harrison went 1-3 with a 6.23 ERA in six starts between Triple-A and Double-A. He struck out 21 batters and walked 15 in 34 2/3 innings. He also had a .316 opponents' batting average and threw a little more than 100 pitches in each of his last three starts.

“I feel like I’m at a point where this is who I’m going to be as a pitcher and have learned to pitch with what I have now,” Harrison said late Wednesday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It may get better as the year goes or may not, but I’m confident in myself about getting out there and getting outs.”

It is not known yet when Harrison will make his next start.

July 10, 2015 09:57 AM
Matt Harrison ready to return to Rangers this week
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison threw his second bullpen session of the week, clearning another hurdle for his return to the team. 

Harrison is on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury. He'll make the final start of his 30-day minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday and then should be ready to return to the Rangers at the end of the week. 

Manager Jeff Bannister said that in order to return to the Rangers after the rehab start, Harrison needed to, "just come out of it healthy," per the Dallas Morning News.

July 10, 2015 09:59 AM
Rangers' Matt Harrison throws bullpen, will throw again Sunday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison threw a 35-pitch bullpen session before Friday's game in Toronto, per the Star Telegram

Harrison is on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury. He's made five minor league rehab appearances.

Rangers manager Jeff Bannister and pitching coach Mike Maddux monitored the bullpen session. He's scheduled to throw 20 pitches on Suday. 

July 10, 2015 10:01 AM
Rangers' Matt Harrison goes six innings in rehab start Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison made his fifth minor league rehab start on Wednesday, going six innings for Double-A Frisco. He allowed five runs on nine hits, while walking three and striking out three.

Harrison is on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury. He will likely need one more rehab start before being ready to join the Rangers rotation. 

July 10, 2015 10:11 AM
Rangers SP Matt Harrison (back) goes 6 2/3 innings in rehab outing
by Ruben Palacios | CBS Sports Staff

Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison threw 6 2/3 innings during a rehab assignment for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Harrison allowed five hits and two runs, while striking out five batters and walking four. He threw 98 total pitches during the outing.

Harrison is working his way back from a back injury that landed him on the 60-day disabled list.

Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLG
2003R-Braves
2004R-Danville
2005A-Rome
2006AA-Mississippi
2006A-Myrtle Bch
2007AA-Mississippi
2008AA-Frisco
2008AAA-Oklahoma
2009AA-Frisco
2010AAA-Oklahoma City RedHaw
2010AA-Frisco RoughRiders
2013AAA-Round Rock Express
2013AA-Frisco RoughRiders
2014AA-Frisco RoughRiders