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Matt Harrison Has Spinal Fusion Surgery

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Matt Harrison 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. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Matt Harrison 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. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON (AP) - Texas Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison is recovering from spinal fusion surgery that could potentially end his career.

Harrison had a planned lumbar disk fusion in his lower back Tuesday. The team said the 28-year-old pitcher would be hospitalized at least two nights after the operation in Dallas by spine specialist Dr. Drew Dossett.

After winning 18 games in 2012 and then getting a $55 million, five-year contract, Harrison made only two starts last year before two operations on a herniated disk in his back. After four starts this season, he was diagnosed with significant nerve irritation and a forward displacement of his vertebrae, known risks after the earlier procedures.

Harrison is 49-33 with a 4.15 ERA while starting 100 of his 132 games, all with Texas since 2008.

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