Matt Harrison Has Spinal Fusion Surgery

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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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