I'm a fairly patient guy when it comes to injuries, but Harden seems to be on the Mark Prior career path. Immense talent, just immense, but a complete inability to deal with any sort of ache or pain, which leads to him babying the arm/shoulder, which ends up throwing off the mechanics, and BOOM, Tommy John here we come.
I'm beginning to wonder if at what point the A's just say "F*** it" and move on without him. I own him, I have been patient, but I really think that this guy has been pampered far too long, he's been babied, told he is the "next big thing" all his life, and cant pitch through aches and pains that Nolan Ryan would have laughed at.
Did you guys know that Denny McClain threw almost 400 innings one year? 400 innings, and Rich "Panty Waste" Harden can't even stay healthy pitching 1 inning......out of the pen? Back in McClain's day there was no real workout regimine, none of the stuff that guys can use today to improve their physical health, and these guys threw and threw and threw, and THAT is what made their arms stronger. Today, they treat these guys like babies, and it causes crap like what you see with Harden and Prior.