Rangers’ Harrison says back is feeling better

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Matt Harrison’s status with the Texas Rangers hasn’t changed but his demeanor has.

Harrison, who had an MRI Thursday because of a stiff lower back, is scheduled to fly to Dallas Sunday and meet with back specialist Dr. Drew Dossett Monday.

Harrison slept on the floor Thursday night and his back felt better Friday.

"I feel a lot better today about everything and hopefully I’ll be even better tomorrow and move past this and it will be a non-issue," said Harrison, who is being limited to core work because of his back.

Harrison had two back surgeries last year because of a herniated disk. One of the symptoms he experienced then was numbness in his legs. That’s not an issue for him now.

"I really don’t know because I had never felt that before on my right side," he said. "I thought it was kind of weird because I don’t remember doing any one thing that could have caused it. Later on yesterday the symptoms started coming and going and I had like an achy pain across my whole back."

Dossett won’t meet with Harrison Monday because he is currently at the NFL Combine.

"Dossett said effectively he’d like to see him," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "My understanding somewhat anecdotally is they’d like to take more films for proper evaluation and that what he (Dossett) saw was not overly concerning but he’d like to take a few different images and really evaluate him and lay hands on him. Nothing was effectively ruled out or pinpointed at this point."