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Matt Harrison yielded three runs in 1 2/3 innings Monday in a Cactus League start against the Royals.

Only two of the runs were earned, but Harrison was not sharp. His fastball sat in the upper 80s and the Royals kept him from covering the two full innings that he was originally scheduled to pitch. Harrison began experiencing renewed back and neck issues in late February and will open the season on the 15-day disabled list.

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Matt Harrison (back, neck) threw 47 pitches in a successful live batting practice session on Friday and is scheduled to work two innings against the Royals on Monday.

It still seems likely that he'll begin the regular season on the disabled list, but should be an option for the Rangers rotation within the first few weeks. The 28-year-old left-hander offers little in the way of fantasy upside with his low strikeout totals, but could be worth a gamble in the final rounds of mixed league drafts.

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Matt Harrison (back, neck) returned to action by hurling one scoreless inning against the Royals on Tuesday.

He experienced no issues and needed only 11 pitches to escape, despite allowing a single. The southpaw was shut down early in camp due to neck and back stiffness. Harrison is likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but he should be ready to join the Rangers' rotation at some point in April.

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Matt Harrison (back, neck) will pitch one inning on a B-game on Tuesday.

It's an important step for Harrison, who was shut down early on in camp due to neck and back stiffness. The southpaw remains likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but he could be ready to join the Rangers' rotation at some point in April if all goes well.

Matt Harrison SP TEX 1 Month

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Matt Harrison (back/neck) is likely to open the season on the disabled list.

Harrison hasn't ruled out Opening Day himself, but the Rangers appear ready to proceed more cautiously. "We're slow-pacing him," manager Ron Washington said. The left-hander said he was "very encouraged" with a live batting practice session Friday, which was the first time he threw to hitters since being shut down in mid-February with back and neck tightness. He'll throw a bullpen session Sunday before appearing in a "B" game Tuesday.

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Matt Harrison (back) will throw a live batting practice session Friday.

Harrison had no issues during a 38-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday, which was his first since being shut down with back an neck stiffness. The left-hander will be ready to appear in a "B" game shortly after Friday's live BP session. Harrison remains hopeful of being ready by Opening Day.

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Matt Harrison (back) will throw off a half-mound on Monday.

Harrison long-tossed from up to 250 feet Saturday with no issues. "I feel good," Harrison said. "I just have to keep going. I feel like my arm is strong." There's no timetable for Harrison pitching in a Cactus League game, but he's moving in the right direction.

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Matt Harrison (back) played catch from 120 feet Thursday on a back field in Rangers camp.

Harrison was cleared to resume his spring throwing program Monday after an MRI on his back came up clean. The Rangers will take it slowly with the 28-year-old lefty, who needed multiple back surgeries in 2013. He seems doubtful to pitch the first week of the regular season.

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Matt Harrison is expected to resume his throwing program Thursday after an MRI on his lower back came back clean.

Harrison received a nerve-block injection in the right side of his neck to deal with the stiffness. There was real reason for concern given that he required multiple back surgeries last year, so this is good news under the circumstances. Still, he's not expected to be ready for Opening Day.

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Matt Harrison reported improvement with his back Friday.

He also noted that he's not feeling any numbness, which was a symptom he felt last season when his back needed a pair of surgeries. However, the Rangers won't make any conclusions about Harrison's status until he receive an MRI on Monday. The 28-year-old left-hander was limited to two starts in 2013 due to back issues.