Looks like Friday against the Mets... somehow, I don't even care.
"Harden also worked Monday, although his action came in a simulated game at the Coliseum. The right-hander, who has missed two months with a shoulder impingement, retired all six hitters (Bobby Kielty, J.J. Furmaniak and Chris Snelling, twice each) he faced and he threw 27 pitches.
Assuming he comes out of Monday's action feeling fine, Harden will throw one or two innings (about 30 pitches) for Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday. Should that go well, he will be with the A's on their next road trip, starting Friday at Shea Stadium.
"Overall, it went well," said Harden, who used only his fastball and changeup. He'll work in his breaking stuff his next time out. "I'm getting closer."
In something of an unusual move, Harden will be getting prepared to start while working out of the bullpen. That could present some challenges; Harden needs to get from 30 pitches to about 80 before he starts, which should mean three or four relief appearances -- but what role will he fill as he gets in his work? And what happens if he needs to throw 50 pitches but the starter works deep into the game?
Geren said Harden always can get in extra throws in the bullpen -- or, he simply could start the game in order to get in enough work ... to start.
He'll pitch in relief for the River Cats, "just to get used to it," said Harden, who worked in Oakland's bullpen in 2005 when he came back from a lat strain.
A scout who attended the simulated game said that Harden was throwing 89 mph but didn't appear to be going full-bore, which wouldn't be unusual for a simulated game."http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f ... MP&type=as