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August 14, 2013

Rangers LHP Matt Harrison on his 'forgettable' season

Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison met with the media Wednesdsay, a day after he was declared done for the season as he back was deemed not strong enough for game speed. Weakness in his back had caused elbow pain, and his elbow was wrapped in ice as he spoke to reporters.

"This is more frustrating than anything," said Harrison, who made two starts this season. "I'm not mad, because I knew I did everything possible to get back. I felt like I was 100 percent, and I guess my back was just not really ready for game speed, and it started getting weak again, and down my leg a little bit.

"It's not much pain there, just weakness, and it kind of started contributing to my other parts of my body, getting a little bit off, and feel a little tweak in my elbow, changing my arm slot because my leg was a little weak. I guess the best decision was just to shut it down for right now."

Harrison won't throw for three weeks, but he expects the Rangers will want to see him throw before he packs up for the off-season and heads home to North Carolina. Until then, and even after, he will work on cardio conditioning building strength in his legs and core.

He expects to be 100 percent for spring training after what he called a "forgettable" 2013, which included two operations in his back over a 10-day span in late April and early May.

"At this point, I'm just trying to clear my head and try to do as much as I can, do my rehab and get this back strengthened back up, hopefully for a healthy 2014," he said.

-- Jeff Wilson

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