Dorny wrote:Off of KFFL:
"Matt Smith, of Oakland.Athletics.MLB.com, reports after throwing two innings Saturday, June 30, Oakland Athletics SP Rich Harden (shoulder) has no timetable for throwing again but manager Bob Geren is hoping he will return by this weekend."
This weekend? Not really an expert on these things but that seems like a long time between appearances for someone trying to build up strength in his arm.
Well if they are treating this as wanting to get him into the starting rotation you would think that they're be more then a day or 2 between appearances when he throws multiple innings. He did throw 47 pitches in those 2 innings (lots of foul balls), which is pretty close to half a start in terms of pitch count. If he pitches thursday or friday I would think that'd be about right. Any longer it may indicate a problem. Or the As must just be extra cautious. Of course they need a game where it would make sense for him to come in and throw 2 or 3 innings and not every game shapes up that way. Definitly worth monitoring, but there doesn't seem to be enough info to raise the white flag just yet, but keep it handy.