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Rangers LHP Harrison not likely ready for opener

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Posted: Feb 23, 2014 12:03 PM

Updated: Feb 23, 2014 12:03 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Matt Harrison concedes that he likely won't be ready to start for the Texas Rangers by opening day.

The left-hander, who hasn't thrown in a week because of stiffness in his neck and back, just hopes things are different from last season. He started the opener last year, but then made only one more start.

Even though Harrison is feeling much better after switching beds, he was still returning to Texas to be examined by the specialist who did both operations last year for a herniated disk in his lower back.

Harrison won 18 games and was an All-Star in 2012, then got a $55 million, five-year contract. After going 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA, Harrison got two epidural injections and a second opinion before two operations in a matter of weeks.

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