Texas Rangers Opening Day starter Matt Harrison is going on the disabled list after trying to pitch with soreness in his lower back.
The Rangers said Wednesday that Harrison will be put on the 15-day DL after an MRI revealed an inflamed nerve in his back. The left-hander will remain in Texas for treatment instead of going with the team to Seattle, where he was scheduled to start Thursday night.
“It’s about trying to get Harry right. We can’t have him going out there and he’s having issues,” manager Ron Washington said. “We’re going to get those issues taken care of by giving him time down, get it right, and when he comes back we’ve got him for the rest of the year.”
Justin Grimm, who was a candidate for the No. 5 spot in spring training, will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and start in Harrison’s spot against the Mainers.
Harrison (0-2, 8.44 ERA) has been dealing with stiffness in his back causing weakness in his left leg since late in spring training.
The DL move will be retroactive to Saturday, the last day he pitched. He gave up two two-run home runs in the first inning and allowed five runs in five innings against the Los Angeles Angels.
Harrison had an epidural injection Sunday, and said his back has felt better each day. Even though he didn’t throw his scheduled bullpen session Tuesday, Harrison is still able to play catch and keep his arm loose.
Braves pick up Orioles reliever
The Atlanta Braves bolstered their bullpen depth by acquiring right-handed reliever Luis Ayala from the Baltimore Orioles for a minor-leaguer.
The Braves sent left-handed pitcher Chris Jones to the Orioles in Wednesday’s deal. The 24-year-old was pitching at Double-A Mississippi.
The 35-year-old Ayala is expected to join the Braves when they open a series Friday in Washington. He is 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA in two appearances this season, after going 5-5 with a 2.64 ERA and one save in 66 games for the Orioles in 2012.
The Braves were seeking more depth in their bullpen because of an injury to Jonny Venters. He was shut down for a month after receiving an injection in his sprained left shoulder.
Around the league
The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list and activated shortstop Stephen Drew. The Red Sox called up right-hander Alex Wilson from Pawtucket. Lackey strained his right biceps against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday in his first start since major elbow surgery sidelined him all last season. He was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Sunday. … Cincinnati Reds left-hander Sean Marshall, who’s been bothered for several weeks by left shoulder tendinitis, was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The move was made retroactive to Monday. Right-hander Logan Ondrusek was recalled from Double-A Pensacola. … The Texas Rangers traded minor-league catcher Juan Apodaca to Tampa Bay for cash. …The Toronto Blue Jays claimed outfielder Casper Wells on waivers from the Seattle Mariners.