Daniels: Harrison’s Back Not Responding To Treatment

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 31: Texas Rangers pitching coach talks with Matt Harrison #54 of the Texas Rangers and A.J. Pierzynski #12 of the Texas Rangers on Opening Day at Minute Maid Park on March 31, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Texas Rangers pitching coach talks with Matt Harrison #54 of the Texas Rangers and A.J. Pierzynski #12 of the Texas Rangers on Opening Day at Minute Maid Park on March 31, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON (105.3 THE FAN) — Texas Rangers opening day starter Matt Harrison is eligible to come off the disabled list next week, but GM Jon Daniels doesn’t expect the left-hander back anytime soon.

“It’s going to be lengthier than 15 days,” said Daniels to Elf & Slater on 105.3 The Fan. “I don’t know exactly how long at this point, but 15 days would be him being ready on Monday against the Angels in Anaheim, and that’s not going to be the case.”

GM Jon Daniels

Harrison was placed on the DL retroactive to April 6 because of soreness in his lower back. According to Daniels, Harrison hasn’t responded to the rest and medication prescribed by team doctors and received a second injection just a few days back.

“Mike Maddux has a great phrase which I’ve adopted, ‘come back once’,” said Daniels. “Don’t try to rush it and cut a week or two off on the front end, re-injure yourself, and cost yourself three months on the back end. We definitely take that mindset with our pitchers especially.”

Harrison has started two games this season, surrendering 10 earned runs and collecting two losses. In his last start before going on the DL, he surrendered five earned runs, two HRs, and walked four in an 8-4 loss to the Angels.

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