Matt Harrison optimistic he’ll pitch again

06/24/2014 4:21 PM

06/24/2014 7:53 PM

Matt Harrison is not ready to call it a career and is optimistic he can pitch in the big leagues again.

Harrison made his first appearance in the Rangers’ clubhouse Tuesday afternoon, three weeks after undergoing spinal fusion surgery on two disks in his lower back.

Harrison was in good spirits and is confident he can get back to pitching at some point in the future.

“I feel more confident,” said Harrison, who underwent two surgeries to repair a herniated disk in his lower back early in the 2013 season. “I think there’s a good chance I can get back if I do the rehab the right way.”

Harrison said he looks to Colby Lewis as someone who has returned from a surgery that most haven’t. Lewis had hip resurfacing surgery last August and is the first known pitcher to return from that.

Harrison hopes to do the same with the spinal fusion surgery.

“He made it back, so why not me?” Harrison said. “Hopefully it’s something I can get back from.”

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