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Rich Harden is on the comeback trail again

Apr 7, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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Shut down in mid-March with a strained shoulder, Rich Harden threw a bullpen session this morning and reported no problems.

Harden is still a simulated game followed by a minor-league rehab assignment from potentially coming off the disabled list, and given his extensive injury history counting on him to avoid further setbacks is obviously wishful thinking.

A’s manager Bob Geren indicated to Jane Lee of MLB.com that the team is in no rush to get Harden back and also hinted that they may view him as a reliever at this point despite signing him to compete for a rotation spot.

Harden no doubt wants another chance to start, but his best chance to make an impact and stay off the DL for more than a few weeks at a time is probably in the bullpen anyway.

  1. BC - Apr 7, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    I love that photo.

    • kast2l - Apr 7, 2011 at 3:03 PM

      its sad how quickly he fell from being crazy dominate to the DL often, almost mark prior like…

  2. dfensfelix - Apr 7, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    In other news, local pig Oinky attempted several simulated running starts, hoping to possibly take flight as early as the second week in June…

  3. kolfax - Apr 8, 2011 at 3:30 AM

    Judging by the photo, his recovery has been nothing short of miraculous after being repoted dead not too long ago. Go Rich Hardin, you little Mariner killer.

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