Texas Rangers opening day starter Matt Harrison is going on the disabled list after trying to pitch with soreness in his lower back.
The Rangers said Wednesday that Harrison will be put on the 15-day DL after an MRI revealed an inflamed nerve in his back. The left-hander will remain in Texas for treatment instead of going with the team to Seattle, where he was scheduled to start Thursday night.
"It's about trying to get Harry right. We can't have him going out there and he's having issues," manager Ron Washington said. "We're going to get those issues taken care of by giving him time down, get it right, and when he comes back we've got him for the rest of the year."
Justin Grimm, who was a candidate for the No. 5 spot in spring training, will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and start in Harrison's spot against the Mainers.
Harrison (0-2, 8.44 ERA) has been dealing with stiffness in his back causing weakness in his left leg since late in spring training.
The DL move will be retroactive to Saturday, the last day he pitched. He gave up a pair of two-run home runs in the first inning and allowed five runs in five innings against the Los Angeles Angels.
Harrison had an epidural injection Sunday, and said his back has felt better each day. Even though he didn't throw his scheduled bullpen session Tuesday, Harrison is still able to play catch and keep his arm loose.
"It's better to miss two starts than miss 15 or 20 because I made it worse," Harrison said. "Hopefully this shot's starting to work, get that inflammation off that nerve, and that way I can just maintain it from there and manage it."
The 27-year-old Harrison, in the first year of a $55 million, five-year contract, has never had any back issues before. He was an 18-game winner and an All-Star last season.
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