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SlightlyStoopid wrote:At least the prognosis is good for starter Rich Harden. He threw 40 pain-free pitches in the bullpen before Tuesday's game in Chicago and is getting closer to returning.
Harden expects to throw a simulated game Friday or Saturday, then head off for a minor league assignment next week.
Harden would like to return by the June 6-8 series at Cleveland, but the A's may want two simulated games and/or two rehab assignments, however, which would push his return back another seven to 10 days.
The key is getting Harden to 60 pitches in a rehab assignment, so he could throw 75 pitches upon his return.
Harden played long toss longer than usual before taking the mound and wasn't exhausted at the end of his session. He's happy with his stamina at this point and is excited there's a light at the end of the rehab tunnel.
mushman05 wrote:that's great news...living dangerously by spot starting the Dave Bushes and Tony Armas' of the world was making me lose my mind!!!
Mile High Ballers wrote:Just read this on Roto world:
Rich Harden (back) is expected to throw a 60-pitch simulated game Saturday.
The A's are reportedly willing to bring Harden back once he's able to throw 75 pitches, which means he could return as soon as next week. May. 26 - 10:05 am et
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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