Rangers' left hander Harrison out indefinitely

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 6:16 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. –– Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison will be shut down for the immediate future. Harrison said he felt a little discomfort on Wednesday and woke up this morning with pain in the lower right side of his back.

"I really don't know what happened," said Harrison.

That prompted the Rangers to cancel his throwing session Thursday and schedule a meeting Monday in Dallas with Dr. Drew Dossett, who was the surgeon for Harrison's surgeries last year.

"Little concerned," admitted Harrison. "Obviously with having two surgeries last year on my back, there's always concern that when I feel something back there."

Harrison started on opening day last year and then made his second start, but that was it. At the time, he was hoping to come back by the all-star break, and then by September, but he kept having setbacks.

The pain he feels now is on the opposite side from where the problem was last year. Asked on a scale of one to 10 how bad the pain is, Harrison said, "Three or four."

"Hopefully it's just a little bit of a compensation there from all the work from last year," said Harrison. "Maybe just needed a couple days to calm down."

Harrison was held out of his first scheduled throwing session on Tuesday; the next day Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that Harrison was held out against his wishes. 

Now it's anyone's guess when he will throw again.

Email tmadden@wfaa.com

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