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Rangers Pitcher Mat Harrison Likely Out Until After the All-Star Break

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Tex.) -- The Texas Rangers pitching depth has taken a hit as starter Matt Harrison will undergo back surgery to repair a herniated disk and will be out until at least after the All-Star break.

Harrison was hoping to avoid surgery after he was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflamed nerve in his back. His treatment, which included two epidural injections, were not enough to keep Harrison from gong under the knife.

Even though he was off to a rough start in 2013, Harrison was the team's Opening Day starter and was being relied upon to stabilize their starting rotation.

"Any time you have an injury, it's frustrating," Harrison said. "[The surgery] was the last report to get it right. Hopefully, this works. I have to do what I have to do to get through it."

"I know what I have to do to get back," Harrison added. "That's the one thing I have on my side."

In 2012, Harrison won 18 games and signed a five-year contract worth $55 million.

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