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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Injuries: Matt Harrison has stiff neck

By Richard Durrett

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers aren't going to take any chances when it comes to an already injured-impacted starting rotation. So when Matt Harrison mentioned he had a stiff neck, he was taken off the list to throw a live batting practice session Tuesday.

Harrison said he's fine and general manager Jon Daniels admitted that the lefty wanted to throw his live BP as planned. But the club won't risk anything this early in camp.

"We're going to be cautious," Daniels said. "He wants to throw and says it doesn't bother him on the mound, but we'll take it easy anyway."

Harrison is listed as day-to-day.

Other injury news:

* The big injury news of the day is Jurickson Profar's shoulder, which bothered him throwing Monday to the point that he is now going to take it easy for another week. The setback means he likely won't play second base in Cactus League games until the second or third week of March. You can read all about that here.

* RHP Daniel Bard: His back feels better and he's doing conditioning, but still isn't throwing because of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery in January.

* RHP Roman Mendez (olecranon stress fracture): Scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

* RHP Ben Rowen (biceps tendinitis): Played catch Monday and had continued discomfort. He had an MRI that was clear, but won't throw until team physician Dr. Keith Meister clears him to throw.

* RHP Shawn Tolleson (ankle): Came out of Monday's session feeling good and is scheduled to do everything Tuesday. Assuming he's OK, he wouldn't be on the injury report after today.