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Rangers place Rich Harden on the disabled list

Jun 12, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

Rich Harden headshot.jpgRich Harden has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left gluteus muscle, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

It’s a bit ironic, since the 28-year-old right-hander has been a real pain in the tuchus for Rangers fans all season. Harden, who was signed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract last December, is just 3-3 with a 5.68 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over his first 13 starts and has completed seven innings just once all season. He gave up a career-high four home runs in a loss to the Brewers on Friday night.

The Rangers have called up right-hander Alexi Ogando in a corresponding roster move. Ogando, 26, has compiled a 2.05 ERA over 15 starts and three relief appearances between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, averaging 12.3 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9.

  1. RichardInDallas - Jun 14, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Harden may not be the best value on the bump, but he has already gotten W’s at a lower rate than Chan Ho Park did for the Rangers. Park won 21 for the Rangers (over FOUR years!) for the modest sum of $65M. Thats’s $3.1M per win! If the Rangers cut their losses now to make room for someone with some actual TALENT, they will have gotten wins from him for $2.1M/per. That’s a million dollars per win that they will have saved over what they paid Park! So do we REALLY have a right to complain about Harden? I think not!!!

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