When the Phillies traded ace Cole Hamels to the Rangers ahead of last season’s trade deadline, lefty starter Matt Harrison was only included to help offset the salary being taken on by the Rangers. Still, there was a chance Harrison could contribute if he could get to a good place with his back injury.
Unfortunately, that won’t be the case. Matt Klentak, the Phillies’ new GM, said that the club doesn’t expect him “to be here anytime soon, if at all, this year,” as Andrew Astleford reports for The News Journal.
Harrison, 30, has made only nine starts over the past three seasons due to continuous back injuries. He underwent spinal fusion surgery in June 2014 and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism last year.
When healthy, Harrison has pitched well. He made the American League All-Star team in 2012, finishing the year with an 18-11 record, a 3.29 ERA, and a 133/59 K/BB ratio over 213 1/3 innings. Hopefully, Harrison is able to use 2016 to get himself healthy enough to pitch again. Back injuries are no fun at all.