Harrison hopeful of pitching again

Harrison hopeful of pitching again

ARLINGTON -- Matt Harrison was back with the Rangers on Tuesday, three weeks after undergoing surgery to fuse a disk in his lower back.

Harrison won't be able to perform any activities for another three months, but he is holding out hope that he will be able to pitch again, even though he has been told that the odds of a full recovery are not good.

"Hopefully, it fuses together well," Harrison said. "I'm done with the back surgeries, and I can move forward [if] it fuses the way it's supposed to and I'm strong enough to go and find a way to adjust to pitch again if I have to."

Harrison draws inspiration from Colby Lewis, who worked his way back to the rotation this season after missing 18 months because of surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon plus an unusual hip-resurfacing operation.

"It's something, too, that nobody's ever had done in baseball before while they were playing, and he made it back, so why not me?" Harrison said. "That's the way I feel. Hopefully, the same thing happens to me and I'm able to get back. Obviously, he's not pitching as well as he'd like to right now, but he's back pitching, and he was out for a long time. His pitching is going to come around. ... He looks great. I've never seen him look that good on the mound."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.