Matt Harrison, in healthier days in 2012.
Texas Rangers Opening Day pitcher Matt Harrison will have surgery on his back and is expected to be out until after the All-Star break, NBC 5's David Watkins has learned.
Harrison was largely ineffective in his first two starts and the finger was pointed directly at back soreness. Then, on April 10 the team added him to the 15-day disabled list, signaling something more severe may be going on.
The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant tweeted Harrison has a herniated disc.
Matt Harrison has herniated disc, surgery next week, out until after all star break
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) April 19, 2013
When Harrison was placed on the DL, the Rangers brought up Justin Grimm from Triple-A Round Rock. To date, Grimm has thrown 4 innings and has a 4.5 ERA in one game.
With Matty out until at least the mid-summer classic, more long-term plans may need to be made.
Harrison, who was 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA so far this season, finished the 2012 year 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA over more than 200 innings.