Harrison to have surgery for shoulder

Updated: July 24, 2009, 8:33 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Texas Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison will likely need surgery to remove a rib and alleviate pain in his shoulder.

Harrison, on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, which affects the nerves that pass through the shoulder into the neck. The surgery would remove a rib on the left side of his upper chest.

Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock had the surgery in 2007 and former Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers had it in 2001.

Harrison was 8-3 with a 3.87 ERA in 19 games, including 16 starts, before going on the disabled list June 28 for the second time this season. He experienced tingling fingers during a rehab start with Triple-A Frisco on Wednesday.

Harrison will likely miss the rest of the season if he has the surgery.


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