Texas Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison, the team’s starter on Opening Day, is going to have back surgery and likely will be out of the rotation until after the All-Star break.
The Rangers said Harrison, on the disabled list because of an inflamed nerve in his back, is scheduled for an operation Tuesday to repair a herniated disk.
An 18-game winner and All-Star last season, Harrison still was having problems after epidural injections in his back.
Harrison went 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA as tried to pitch with soreness in his lower back before going on the AL. He is in the first season of a $55 million, five-year contract.
Jeter disappointed in setback
Not wearing a boot and walking without a limp, shortstop Derek Jeter spent 45 minutes at the Yankees’ training complex in Tampa, Fla., while he awaits more rehab for another ankle injury. Jeter, 38, was wearing sneakers when he left the minor league facility, where he talked with the training staff. When asked about his disappointment, he said: “Of course.”
Jeter plans to fully address his latest injury in New York next week when the Yankees return from a road trip that ends Wednesday.
The Yankees captain learned Thursday he had fractured his left ankle for a second time in six months. The team expects Jeter to resume rehab when the crack heals, in four to eight weeks. Surgery won’t be required. He is expected to return after the All-Star break.
Cubs claim Borbon off waivers
The Chicago Cubs claimed outfielder Julio Borbon off waivers from the Texas Rangers. Borbon, 27, spent all of last season with Round Rock, the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate, where he hit .304 with 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 133 games. He hit .317 in 32 spring training games for the Rangers this season and went hitless in one regular-season at-bat before being designated for assignment April 9.
“He’s an athlete, a left-handed hitter and can play every outfield position,’’ Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
Chicago designated Alberto Gonzalez for assignment.
Around the league
The Chicago White Sox say outfielder Dayan Viciedo is undergoing treatment for a strained oblique muscle. … Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is day to day after getting hit on the left wrist by a pitch in an extended spring training game Friday. X-rays on his wrist were negative. … The Miami Marlins designated reliever John Maine for assignment to the minors and called up right-hander Tom Koehler from Triple-A New Orleans. … The Oakland Athletics reinstated first baseman Brandon Moss from the paternity list and optioned Shane Peterson to Triple-A Sacramento. … Reliever Josh Outman was recalled from the Colorado Rockies’ Triple A affiliate in Colorado Springs. The Rockies optioned reliever Chris Volstad to Colorado Springs. … The Los Angeles Angels placed third baseman Alberto Callaspo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf and recalled reliever Michael Kohn from Triple-A Salt Lake.