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April 14, 2013

Rangers' Matt Harrison receives second injection for back injury

Left-hander Matt Harrison, the Rangers' starter on Opening Day, might need more than 15 days on the disabled list after receiving a second cortisone injection Saturday to help cool the inflamed nerve in his lower back.

Harrison lost each of his first two starts of the season and was put on the DL on Thursday before the Rangers opened a four-game series at Seattle. Right-hander Justin Grimm replaced Harrison in the rotation and was expected to make only on more start before Harrison could be activated.

That could change if the second injection doesn’t take hold. Harrison, who isn’t on the road trip, said he still has some weakness in his legs.

“It’s frustrating,” Harrison said in a text message. “The first shot didn’t work as well as planned, and I got another one yesterday. Hopefully, it works.”

Grimm allowed only two runs in his 2013 debut but lasted just four innings as he struggled with his command and piled up 91 pitches. He is scheduled to start Wednesday at Chicago, but would also April 22 at Anaheim if Harrison isn’t ready to come off the DL that day.

-- Jeff Wilson

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