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Twins release Rich Harden

Jul 28, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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Rich Harden requested and was granted his official release from the Twins organization. The right-hander had been continuing to rehab his surgically-repaired right shoulder, attempting yet another comeback. As Mike Berardino points out, Harden had an out clause in his contract with which he could request his release if he wasn’t on the Major League roster by July 31. It was obvious that was not going to happen with just a few days to spare.

More, via Darren Wolfson:

Harden has not pitched at any level since September 2011 when he was with the Athletics. He made his 2011 debut on July 1, and in his 15 starts until the end of the season, he posted a 5.12 ERA. He will be 32 years old when the 2014 season begins.

  1. buffalo65 - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Sign him and put him on the weighted ball program.

  2. scottychicago - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    sounds like the end

  3. chalkruz1989 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Unfortunately for Rich Harden, the baseball world wasn’t able to see him at his peak for very long. He was a talented pitcher that used his brain to get outs. He had great stuff, hopefully he can have one last hoorah.

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