In what has already started to become a lost season for the very disappointing Texas Rangers, who started the day at only .500 with a 20-20 record and at fourth place in the American League West division, five games behind the Oakland Athletics, become worse today when they had to place southpaw and number two starter Matt Harrison on the disabled list.
Despite being only five games behind division leader Oakland, the season has began to become a lost one for the Rangers because Harrison’s injury along with Martin Perez, who was also just placed on the disabled list has the team without three to four of it’s five starters and two of those starters possibly being out for the season.
Which is not a very good sign when your rotation is one of the worst in the majors right now and outside of Yu Darvish’s near no-hitter in his last start the team getting only one other start from a pitcher in the last 16 games.
Harrison, who had a once promising career, which saw him win a career-high 18 games in 2012 and go 32-20 with a 3.34 ERA in 62 starts in two seasons before signing a five-year, $55 million dollar extension in January 2013 now will be lucky if he ever see the field again as a player, let alone touch another ball as a starter.
As he left last night’s road game versus in-state rival Houston with a stiff back after only 1 2/3 innings and was diagnosed with severe nerve irritation in his lower back, which will require spinal fusion surgery to eliminate the discomfort and could put the southpaw out for the rest of the season.
The 28-year-old Harrison also missed most of last season after having surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back and with his current injury he could be looking at not only a season-ending injury, but possibly career threatening one according to multiple reports.
Which as Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said when asked if the injury was career-threatining, “You feel for Matt. It’s a blow to the club. He’s worked extremely hard to come back and done everything by the book and then some. He showed signs he’s getting all the way back, but I feel for Matt and his family. The odds may not be great, but I’m hoping he’s the exception and can make it back.”
You really do feel for players like Harrison too, who put in all that work to only have another significant injury like this happen to them again. Plus you never want to see such great talent have to end their career so soon due to such uncontrollable circumstances as that. So here’s to hoping this really isn’t career-threatening for Harrison and he can eventually get back on a Major League mound again.