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Rich Harden impresses in first start of latest rehab assignment

Aug 19, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

Placed on the disabled list last week with shoulder tendinitis, Rich Harden made his first rehab start yesterday at Triple-A and racked up 10 strikeouts in six innings. He allowed just an unearned run on three hits and three walks.
For now Derek Holland has taken his spot in the Rangers’ rotation, but both are scheduled to pitch again on Monday and another impressive outing from Harden or another clunker from Holland could lead to the Rangers making the switch.
Signed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with an $11 million mutual option for next season, Harden has been inconsistent and injured while going 4-4 with a 5.45 ERA in 15 starts for the Rangers. He managed consecutive Quality Starts just once, which is why the playoff-bound Rangers likely aren’t in a rush to get him back in the rotation based on one good night at Triple-A.

  1. RichardInBigD - Aug 19, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    The Rangers need to decline on the option and put that money into the “Keep Cliff Lee” kitty.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 19, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Doesn’t a mutual option mean that either/or can accept it? Or does it mean BOTH have to accept it?

  3. Giant Space Ants - Aug 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Both have to accept it. Either one can decline it (which in this case would be the Rangers).

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