Phillies pitcher Matt Harrison diagnosed with hypothyroidism

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Phillies pitcher Matt Harrison, acquired from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade, has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports. Hypothyroidism is when a person’s thyroid gland doesn’t produce thyroid hormones. Harrison is hopeful the diagnosis will allow him to effectively deal with weight loss, back problems, and a loss of velocity.

On Friday, the Phillies placed Harrison on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. The lefty said he would’ve gone on the disabled list even if he hadn’t been traded, but added that he’s dealing with back stiffness as opposed to back pain.

Harrison, 29, has made a total of nine starts dating back to the start of the 2013 season. He had spinal fusion surgery in June of 2014 and made his return to the mound on July 8 this season. He made only three starts, posting a 6.75 ERA with a 6/5 K/BB ratio in 16 innings.

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

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The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.

Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.

Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.