Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison had disc fusion surgery performed on his chronically injured back Tuesday, a procedure that will most likely cut short his season for a second straight year.
It's the third time in the last 14 months that Harrison, an American League All-Star in 2012 who was signed to a five-year, $55 million contract extension the following spring, has had his back operated on. He's been limited to just six starts over the past two seasons.
Harrison went 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts prior to exiting a May 13 outing at Houston with back stiffness.
The 28-year-old had emerged as one of the AL's top left-handers prior to his back problems. Harrison went 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA during a breakthrough 2011 campaign, then followed up by winning a career-high 18 games and posting a 3.29 ERA the subsequent season.