Matt Harrison has herniated disc in back; will have surgery

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The Rangers placed  Matt Harrison on the disabled list last week with back trouble. That back trouble is worse than first feared:

There’s no official timetable yet, but Andro tweets that Harrison likely won’t be back until after the All-Star break.

Harrison had started 30-plus games in each of the past two years. And he just signed a five-year, $55 million extension in January. Tough break.

The Mariners have made an offer to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

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Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.

Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon.”

Iwakuma, who turns 37 early next season, made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/9 over 31 innings. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September. He hopes to be recovered fully by spring training.