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The Reds may have already run out of patience with Aaron Harang

Sep 6, 2010, 9:59 PM EDT

The Reds are still in very good shape in the NL Central, but they aren’t about to rest on their laurels.

Including today’s loss to the Rockies, Aaron Harang has allowed seven runs — five earned — with a lousy 3/6 K/BB ratio over his first two starts since coming off the disabled list. After failing to make it through five innings in either outing, Reds manager Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he will soon make a decision about whether Harang will remain in the starting rotation.

“Yeah, pretty soon,” Baker said. “We’ll discuss things and see. We
can’t have these short outings. That puts pressure on my bullpen for the
ensuing days after that.”

It just so happened that Edinson Volquez pitched on the same turn Monday with Single-A Dayton, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings while walking three and striking out 10.

Volquez was sent to the minors last week in order to work on his mechanics. One year removed from Tommy John surgery, he has a 6.17 ERA and 36/27 K/BB ratio over seven starts with the Reds this season. Volquez isn’t exactly a stable option at the moment, but he’s looking like the logical choice to get the call against the Pirates this weekend.

  1. saintez - Sep 6, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    I appreciate all that Harang has done for the Reds. I do feel badly that he isn’t the pitcher he once was – at least not right now. The Reds don’t have the luxury of keeping him on at this point. The division is race is most certainly still on. Sorry, but my vote is that Harang cannot start again for us this year.

  2. CYGNUS X-1 - Sep 7, 2010 at 2:12 AM

    to bad it has come to this but they can’t let him give games away anymore.you can add his name to the list of pitchers dusty ruined.he and everyone can deny it till they are blue in the face but the fact is he was never the same after pitching 3 innings of relief on 2 days rest against the padres,then going back out to take his regular start.I think volquez needs 1 more solid outing before they bring him back up.they can have mclure pitch on sun.

  3. BC - Sep 7, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Harang needs to be put on the Lance Berkman Memorial Phantom Disabled List. Either that, or released. He’s finished. I saw some of the outing. Nolan Ryan could come back and have better stuff than Harang at this point.

  4. Steve C - Sep 7, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Is it time for him to visit Dr. Andrews? Maybe have exploratory surgery? I know Dusty did everything in his power to end the guys career, but I just find it hard to believe that Harang just lost it without something being physically wrong.
    Maybe he should pull a Tiant and completely change his delivery.

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