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Rich Harden’s latest comeback isn’t going so well

Jun 4, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

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When the Twins signed Rich Harden to a minor-league contract in December there was talk of him being relatively close to returning from the shoulder surgery that kept him out for all of 2012 and even some thought that he might be ready for Opening Day.

Six months later he still hasn’t seen any game action and Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that Harden is scheduled to begin a throwing program later this week. In other words, he’s basically starting from scratch again after various setbacks.

It’s possible that Harden could emerge as a late-season bullpen option in Minnesota if things go well, but given his lengthy injury history 2013 looks like another lost season for the one-time stud right-hander.

  1. dondada10 - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Ah, what could’ve been.

  2. neoshweaty - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Some guys are just not meant to pitch. Their bodies just will not cooperate and it is sad as all hell. I could only imagine how someone like Harden or Prior feels when they know that they were able to dominate the major leagues when healthy but their bodies simply betrayed them. A buddy of mine is a cubs fan and I remember watching some of Harden’s starts in 08 when he was unhittable. It’s a damn shame. Hopefully he is able to prove people wrong. I don’t know if he will.

  3. db105 - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    With a name like that there’s always another career option.

    • nightman13 - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Bow chicka wow wow

  4. GoneYickitty - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Reminds me of when Brandon Webb kept getting those ‘little’ one-year contracts as various teams hoped his shoulder would undisintegrate and he would be even a shadow of his former self. Not a very realistic hope.

  5. mnfan2013 - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    What a waste … Needs to give up BASEBALL……. Minnesota always has a pitcher problem & it will continue for awhile until they get rid of RICK ANDERSON as pitching coach

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