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.

Charlie Morton exits start with discomfort in right shoulder

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Astros pitcher Charlie Morton left Sunday’s start against the Angels after just one inning due to discomfort in his right shoulder, the team announced. Morton yielded a one-out double to Justin Upton, who later scored on a wild pitch. He averages about 96 MPH on his fastball but sat in the 92-94 MPH range in his one inning of work.

Morton, 34, went on the disabled list with right shoulder discomfort on August 29 and returned on September 8. It’s bad news for the Astros, who may have to go into the playoffs without him. If that is to be the case, Lance McCullers would take Morton’s spot in the rotation. It’s also bad news for Morton, who is a free agent after the season and figures to be one of the more sought-after starters.

Morton entered Sunday’s start 15-3 with a 3.15 ERA with a 195/63 K/BB ratio in 163 innings of work.