For baseball players, even sleeping can be a dangerous activity. Just ask Matt Harrison who recently battled back stiffness caused by lying on a mattress that was too soft.
Harrison, who had surgery on a herniated disc last year, says he started experiencing pain in his back several weeks ago, and traced the problem to a bed in his spring rental home. Swapping out the soft mattress for a firmer one made the problem go away.
Though Harrison says he’s now back to 100%, the stiffness issue caused enough concern for the Rangers to sit him for ten days to get things checked out, so Harrison will likely not be available for his first couple times through the rotation.
Harrison admits he’s a little frustrated at the setback but he understands why the Rangers are being cautious with him.
“Hopefully, before middle April I’ll be ready. But this little setback has put them on high alert. I hate it, but I understand it. I had two starts last April and none after that; I’d rather have less starts in April and 30 after that,” Harrison told the Dallas Morning News.
Lesson learned for Matt Harrison. Test out the mattress before you use it. Also, hire someone to chop your sweet potatoes.