Rich Harden Recovering From Lat Injury

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Rich Harden To Throw As He Comes Back From Lat Injury

Rich Harden has been battling a lat injury all spring, and because of his history, nobody was very surprised when, on Monday, Harden seemed to have a setback, causing the A's to shut him down and send him for an examination. "Rich Harden, hurt again?" everyone thought. "Why, that just can't be!"

Well, maybe this one isn't so big of a deal. It turns out Harden is going to resume throwing on Wednesday. In his words, what he experienced wasn't a setback; he just didn't "feel ready to throw off a mound." That isn't a good thing, but it also isn't an injury aggravation. It's just Harden trying to proceed with caution to make sure he stays healthy.

Harden is what he is, and he'll never be anything else. Nobody will be able to depend on Rich Harden. But the man's still trying, he's not badly hurt, and if he's not ready to pitch come Opening Day, it looks like he'll be ready soon after that. The A's may yet be able to squeeze some innings out of a very talented but highly volatile arm.

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Rich Harden Shut Down With Lat Injury

The Oakland A's signed Rich Harden over the offseason hoping that a return to his old stomping grounds would help lift up his performance. Harden had a rough 2010 with Texas, and Oakland saw him as a prime rebound candidate. The problem? The same problem as always - Harden's having trouble getting healthy.

Almost immediately after reporting to camp, Harden was shut down with stiffness in his lat area. It was said to be a minor injury and Harden showed improvement, but after a little bit of throwing, Harden's apparently had a setback, and the A's are shutting him down again and sending him for an examination.

A lat injury isn't the most worrisome injury possible, but an injury is an injury, and at this point one wonders if Rich Harden can handle this line of work anymore. He came to camp looking to compete with Brandon McCarthy for the fifth spot in the Oakland rotation, but he's no longer in the mix and will presumably have to fight for a spot in the bullpen whenever he's able to get back on a mound. He could be effective as a reliever, but with Harden, you never want to place a bet.

We'll keep following and hoping for the best. For more on Harden and the A's, check out Athletics Nation.

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