Matt Harrison receives good news on his back, still not expected to be ready for season

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A bad mattress recently caused some back stiffness for Matt Harrison, but Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that an MRI came back negative and that the southpaw is expected to resume a throwing program on Thursday.

While Harrison isn’t expected to be ready for Opening Day, this still qualifies as good news for the Rangers. There was obvious cause for concern about his symptoms coming off a pair of surgeries last year to repair a herniated disk in his back, but the hope is that a nerve-blocking injection for his neck will get him back on the mound soon. Assuming Harrison makes solid progress, he should be able to join the Rangers’ rotation at some point in April.

Harrison, 28, was limited to just two starts with the Rangers last season. He went 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA in 32 starts in 2012.