When Matt Harrison was shut down indefinitely, for at least a week, on Thursday and sent back to Dallas-Fort Worth for an MRI and a visit with the Rangers' doctors, a shockwave of fear went through Rangers fandom, whose team is already without Derek Holland until July at the earliest.
But the initial reports of the MRI are said to not be too terribly concerning, according to The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant, who spoke Friday morning on KTCK The Ticket.
Grant said the MRI will be look at more in depth on Monday but that the initial reports just had the Rangers playing it safe and getting him back to DFW to be examined by their medical staff. Harrison told reporters he felt better on Friday morning after sleeping on the floor on Thursday and felt no pain or stiffness.
It's hard to imagine that if Harrison is down for much more than a week that he'd be ready to go in the Opening Day rotation as the No. 2 pitcher behind Yu Darvish. He could possibly be ready to fill in the first five spots at some point in the opening run through the rotation, but on Day 2 could be a bit much to ask for a guy that hasn't even thrown a batting practice session yet.