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May 01, 2013

Rangers' Matt Harrison forced to undergo second back operation

Left-hander Matt Harrison, the Rangers' starting pitcher on Opening Day, underwent surgery Wednesday to fix a second herniation in a disc in his back, but the Rangers expect him to pitch again this season.

The timeline for Harrison's recovery is the same as before his first operation April 23 -- three months, give or take a week. He could be back between the All-Star break and Aug. 1.

He had been doing an hour of light rehab a day and walking 30 minutes without any issues until he started to feel pain in his legs similar to what he felt before the first surgery. An MRI on Wednesday morning showed a small herniation, a setback that isn't uncommon, and surgery was performed by Dr. Drew Dossett shortly thereafter.

"Our expectation is the same as it was last time," general manager Jon Daniels said. "I'm hopeful."

-- Jeff wilson

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