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Rich Harden desperately wants to stay healthy

Dec 11, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Harden.jpgRich Harden’s new deal gives him $11.5 million reasons to want to stay healthy. This piece at MLB.com talks about what he’s doing to make that elusive goal come to pass:

Harden has been searching for answers and believes he is getting there.
He works with a private physiotherapist in Phoenix and has worked hard
at tailoring his offseason and in-season workout programs to keep his
shoulder strong. Most important has been his weight-training program.
He backed off that in Oakland to try and protect the shoulder, and only
found that caused more problems.

“I’ve tweaked it as I’ve gone along, added some things, subtracted some
things, and I believe I’ve found something that works,” Harden said.
“I’ve had some injuries, but I’ve worked hard to put it behind me, now
I can get out there and make 30 starts. I feel this is a good fit for
me.”

Not to spook Rangers’ fans, but this sounds like one of those “Player X is in the best shape of his life” articles that you always read in the spring. The ones that are followed with yet another trip to the DL come May 1st.  Harden has been on that DL seven times in five years, and now he’s going to a team where the man in charge makes a big, big point of pitchers going long into games as often as possible.

Like so many people, I love Harden’s stuff and love to see him pitch.  Given his history, however, I just don’t have a strong feeling that we’ll get to see him pitch as much as we’d like — or he’d like — in 2010.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 11, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Well, then, let’s just feed him teff, quinoa and spelt instead of Reese’s peanut butter cups. He should be fine. At least we will have gotten him out of the way of Chicago pizzas. Dear Buddha, aside from the fact that those things at least taste so much better than those horsemeat and velveeta* horrors they serve in Philadelphia, the levels of saturated fat are at least as high, if not worse – even for the stuffed spinach specials at Giordano’s.
    *Did a little research. It isn’t Wiz after all. Too dangerous. The cans can tumble onto the griddles and explode in the fancier places, and they can be detonated by leaky microwaves everywhere else.

  2. Dan - Dec 12, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Giordano’s = best pizza ever

  3. Old Gator - Dec 13, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Absolutely, unequivocally apodictic statement, Dan. Whenever I get to Chicago, I generally drive directly from O’Hare or Midway to the one on Lincoln (my old haunts from my University of Chicago days; I don’t want to say how long ago that was but there was still a chain reaction going on under the courtyard) even before I go to the hotel. I immediately order myself a personal sized stuffed spinach special with extra veggies, and that takes godlike discipline – I mean, not to order a large one. There is also a Giordano’s much closer, in Orlando – two, in fact – and I have been known to be stricken with a jones at nine AM and drive north for three and a half hours for lunch. Unfortunately, they haven’t spread down to the Miami area yet. Probably still lobbying to get the county to build them a restaurant with taxpayer money, for which, of course, there is recent precedent.
    The difference is that in Giordano’s case, I would support such an expenditure.

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