SURPRISE, Ariz. -- After three surgeries and nearly an entire season missed, Matt Harrison arrived in Surprise, Ariz., feeling healthy and ready to get the season going.
Now, he's at least a week behind. Back stiffness -- which Harrison hopes is all it is -- has him shut down from baseball activities until he can get an MRI. That will happen today. He'll see Dr. Drew Dossett, who handled both of Harrison's back surgeries in April and May of last year, on Sunday or Monday to get completely checked out.
Harrison doesn't know yet how serious it may or may not be.
“There's obviously some concern there from what happened last year,” Harrison said. “I just hope that it's not a serious issue and something I can take a few days down and stay on top of my core program and get right back out there, and hopefully that's the case. But it's not fair to say that I'm not worried about it, because I've had a lot of issues recently.”
A stiff neck kept Harrison from throwing a scheduled live batting practice session Tuesday. He fought the decision and still wanted to throw, but the Rangers wanted to be cautious. Harrison isn't complaining about that now.
"I'm not going to argue with them this time, especially because I know how it ended up last year," Harrison said. "I may have pushed it too far last year. So we're still in spring training and get it taken care of now."
Harrison was asked if there was a "big alarm" going off in his head.
"Not a big alarm, but a little bit concerned," Harrison said. "The issues I had last year and it being some stiffness in my back, they want to try to nip it in the bud as soon as possible and get it checked out by Dossett and make sure it's nothing serious going on.
"I felt 100 percent coming in here, but it's a little bit different -- the offseason program as it is when you get out there and you start doing everything 100 percent," Harrison said. "(That's when) your adrenaline is going, and so I really don't know what happened."
* C Geovany Soto has left Achilles soreness. He can do everything but run and could still be ready for intrasquad games next week.
* RHP Tanner Scheppers (back stiffness) is tossing today but won't throw a live BP session.