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Harrison out until after ASB with back surgery

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Jon Daniels says Matt Harrison will undergo surgery for a herniated disk in his back, and will be out until after the All Star Break

Bob Levey

The Texas Rangers have just announced that lefthanded starting pitcher Matt Harrison will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a herniated disk in his back.

Jon Daniels says that Harrison won't be back until after the All Star Break.

Harrison was placed on the 15 day disabled list last week, and the initial indications was that it was hoped that Harrison would be out the minimum. He didn't respond to injections, however, which makes this news less than shocking.

With Harrison out, the Rangers are going to be stuck with the current Yu Darvish/Derek Holland/Alexi Ogando/Nick Tepesch/Justin Grimm rotation until Colby Lewis or Martin Perez are ready to return from their injuries. Both are expected back in May.

With Harrison injured and Ogando struggling, the rotation, which was expected to be a strength for the team this year, is suddenly looking to be full of holes. The Rangers really need Colby Lewis to come back on schedule and at full strength.