Matt Harrison SP TEX 9 Months

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that Matt Harrison (back) "is expected to miss at least one start if not be out for an extended period of time."

Harrison left Tuesday's outing with back stiffness and admitted that the injury was in the same area that he had operated on twice last year. The left-hander will fly back to Dallas to be examined by Dr. Drew Dossett, and a trip to the disabled list is surely forthcoming. It's really a tough break for Harrison, who was limited to just two starts last year and is now looking at possibly another extended absence.

Matt Harrison SP TEX 9 Months

Matt Harrison left Tuesday's start against the Astros with back stiffness.

It's possible that Harrison just stiffened up on a cool night in Houston, but obviously it's worrisome given his history of back issues. The Rangers should have an update on the seriousness of the ailment after the game.

Matt Harrison SP TEX 9 Months

Matt Harrison left Tuesday's start against the Astros in the second inning with an apparent injury.

It's not clear what ailment he's dealing with, but Harrison's velocity was down all night and he was touched up for three runs on four hits and three walks over 1 2/3 innings. Harrison, of course, has dealt with back issues over the last two seasons. The Rangers should update his status shortly.

Matt Harrison SP TEX 9 Months

Matt Harrison earned his first win, shutting the Rockies out over 5 1/3 innings as the Rangers went on to win 5-0 on Thursday.

Harrison, making his third start since returning from the disabled list, struggled a bit with his control but the Rockies couldn't figure him out anyway. The lefty allowed three hits, walked four, and struck out two. Now with a 2.87 ERA and with his first win under his belt, Harrison will face the lowly Astros on the road in his next start.

Matt Harrison SP TEX 9 Months

Matt Harrison yielded three runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings Saturday against the Angels.

Harrison also walked three and was very lucky to escape only allowing three runs. He got some help from Shawn Tolleson in the fourth. Harrison's last out of the game came on a sac bunt that moved baserunners up to second and third. Tolleson took over then and escaped the jam without a run scoring. Harrison will face the Rockies at home next time out. He's a mediocre play in AL-only leagues.

Matt Harrison SP TEX 9 Months

Matt Harrison allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Sunday.

Making his 2014 debut, Harrison allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out four. He left in line for his first victory, but the bullpen let him down. Still, it was a nice first outing for the left-hander. He'll look for his first win when the Rangers visit the Angels on Saturday.

Matt Harrison SP TEX 9 Months

Rangers activated LHP Matt Harrison from the 15-day disabled list.

Harrison will start on Sunday against the Mariners in what will be his first major league outing since last April. He went eight innings in his final rehab start, so his pitch count shouldn't be an issue.

Matt Harrison SP TEX 9 Months

Matt Harrison (back) will rejoin the Rangers' rotation on Sunday in Seattle.

He had been lined up for Friday, but the team has decided to alter the scheduled because they don't want Harrison and Colby Lewis batting during an interleague games in Colorado on May 5-6. Harrison will be making his first start in the majors since last April. "I'll give up the swings because it means I get to be back here and pitching," Harrison said. "It was my goal to get back and pitching. If it means I don't get a start there, that's fine. I'll take late April for getting back as opposed to later in the year."

Matt Harrison SP TEX 10 Months

Matt Harrison (back) is on pace to rejoin the Rangers' rotation on Friday.

Harrison threw a light bullpen session on Monday and will throw a full session Tuesday before the Rangers officially make a decision about his status. The left-hander tossed eight shutout innings in his last rehab start, so as long as he's feeling healthy after Tuesday's 'pen session, he'll be ready to roll Friday.

Matt Harrison SP TEX 10 Months

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in an interview Sunday that Matt Harrison's (back) next start is expected to come at the major league level.

It's a reverse of what the team said last week, but Harrison convinced the Rangers that he was ready with eight shutout innings in a rehab start with Double-A Frisco Saturday. Harrison can slide into the rotation spot that was vacated by Tanner Scheppers (elbow). The left-hander will be making his first start in the majors since last April.