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Rich Harden is between injuries again

Jun 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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Rich Harden threw 40 pitches in a simulated game yesterday and afterward manager Bob Melvin told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that the oft-injured right-hander “looks terrific to me.”

In fairness to Melvin, he’s new in Oakland and hasn’t been through the usual routine with Harden and his never-ending injuries.

Slusser reports that Harden is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment for his current shoulder problems Monday at Triple-A. Previously there was some thought given to moving him to the bullpen in an effort to keep him healthy for once, but general manager Billy Beane told Slusser that Harden will be used as a starter thanks to injuries wrecking the A’s rotation.

He hasn’t pitched in the majors since last September and had a 5.58 ERA with a terrible 75/62 K/BB ratio in 92 innings for the Rangers last season.

  1. Joe - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    You really want to put Harden in a role where he throws as many innings as possible every time out.

  2. benyamen - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    I was about to ask whether this was the only picture of Harden you have as it seems to be the stock photo used of him every time he makes the news … then I remembered the trainers room is the only place he’s ever spotted.

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    I again ask the most obvious question- How does this guy and others like him keep getting contracts?

    • dan1111 - Jun 17, 2011 at 5:51 AM

      Teams sign him because they can pay $1.5 million to get a guy that could be one of the league’s best pitchers if healthy. It’s not easy to find upside like that.

      Also, over the last three seasons Harden has started 25, 26, and 18 games. Maybe he’s not quite the longshot that his reputation suggests.

  4. APBA Guy - Jun 16, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    The betting pool is now open: how soon is his next DL stint, and what will be the nature of the injury?

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