Matt Harrison and the Texas Rangers received good news Monday.
Harrison, who had been dealing with lower back stiffness, was examined by back specialist Drew Dossett, who did not find anything too alarming. The MRIs were clean and Harrison received a nerve-block injection in the right side of his neck for discomfort there.
Harrison will fly back to Arizona on Tuesday, resume cardio work on Wednesday and begin the early stages of a throwing program on Thursday. He is not expected to be ready by Opening Day, though.
“We do feel this likely puts him behind coming into the season,” assistant general manager Thad Levine said. “The nature of how far behind he is is yet to be determined based on how he gets through this throwing program. We’re very optimistic about near-term recovery.”
Harrison made only two starts last season, undergoing a pair of back surgeries in late April and early May last season. He had a third surgery later in the year for thoracic outlet syndrome in his right side.
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