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That was quick: Rich Harden is already injured

Feb 17, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

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Rich Harden got hurt before anyone could even set up the “when will Rich Harden get hurt” pool.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle the oft-injured right-hander “has stiffness in the lat area” and has been “shut down for a few weeks.”

Slusser reports that he tried to throw Tuesday, but called it quits after 10-15 pitches when the stiffness “didn’t improve immediately.”

Harden, who hasn’t thrown 150 innings in a season since 2004 and has had his incredibly promising career wrecked by one injury after another, returned to Oakland on an incentive-laden one-year deal worth just $1.5 million in guaranteed money.

He’s expected to compete for the fifth spot in the A’s rotation, but this injury could make a bullpen job more likely if/when he gets healthy. And ultimately that might be better for him anyway.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Feb 17, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Well this type of shocking news should certainly trump that little thing about Miguel Cabrera…

  2. benyamen - Feb 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Looks to me like he’s faking the injury just to get a chance at that frozen yogurt he appears to be holding. Someone should let him know that if Sanchize can eat a hot-dog on the sidelines he can certainly eat Yogen-Fruz in the dugout without needing to go on the DL.

  3. BC - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    I’m starting the annual when-is-Mike-Hampton-shut-down-for-the-year pool if anyone wants in.

  4. Charles Gates - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Aaron, I would bet you a Cherry Coke Zero that you wrote paragraphs 1, 4 and 5 a long time ago and were just waiting to fill in the specifics before you copy-pasted this into HBT.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    To paraphrase Esquire circa 1973, “Why is this man smiling?”

  6. trevorb06 - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    This would be a good trick Jeopardy question:

    “I’ll taken ‘Lost potential due to injury’ for $1000 Alex.”

    “This former Oakland A’s player hasn’t had a healthy season he’s able to complete for years and has even been injured before the season starts.”

    “Who is Eric Chavez?”

    “No, sorry the correct response was, ‘Who is Rich Harden?'”

  7. Mike Luna - Feb 17, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    I’d like to be paid $1.5MM to not play baseball this year.

  8. Tick - Feb 17, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    At this point you have to assume that the Oakland Colesium is located over an old Native American burial ground or Billy Beane came into the possesion of the Tiki doll from the Brady Bunch and won’t let it go.

    Or perhaps Rich Harden was created by Gepetto out of balsa wood and got turned into a real, yet shoddily constructed, real boy by a drunken Blue Fairy.

    • billybeaneismyhero - Feb 17, 2011 at 8:45 PM


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