ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 08: Matt Harrison #54 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the top of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 8, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
In perhaps one last effort to save his professional baseball career, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison underwent disk fusion surgery on Tuesday after his latest back issue and will hope to return to the mound at some point in 2015.
Harrison, 28, signed a five-year, $55 million deal in January 2013 after winning 18 games and earning Opening Day starter status for the 2013 season. Since then, Harrison has as many back surgeries as decisions, with a 1-2 record and a 5.79 ERA in his six starts since signing the deal.
Harrison had disk fusion surgery on his lumbar vertebra and is expected to spend at least two nights in the hospital.
The lefty was 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA this season after he started the year on the disabled list and eventually worked his way back to the mound a year after having last pitched in the bigs. The Rangers were able to claim an insurance policy on Harrison's deal that allowed them recoup some of the money they will have to pay him this season.