Rangers' pitchers likely out rest of the season

DALLAS, TX (News Release) - The Texas Rangers are loosing pitchers, and they're loosing them quick.

Matt Harrison came out early in Tuesday's game against the Astros, after he experienced stiffness in his back.

He went to Dallas on Wednesday to see a back specialist, where he was diagnosed with severe nerve irritation in his lower back. Specialists said he will need spinal fusion surgery to take care of the discomfort. With a procedure like that, Harrison would miss the rest of the season.

Harrison started this season on the disabled list after coming off a surgery to repair a herniated disk.

The Rangers will more than likely loose Martin Perez as well, now that he has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

Surgery may not be Perez's only option. He either could try to rehab and return in 10 to 12 weeks, or he may need to get Tommy John surgery, which would leave him out the rest of the season.

Harrison, 28, signed a five-year contract with the Rangers for $55 million in January 2013.

Perez, 22, signed a four-year contract for $12.5 million.

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