The Athletics are leaning towards bringing Rich Harden back as a reliever later this month.
"If everything went perfectly, he might be ready for an inning against St. Louis (June 15-17)," manager Bob Geren said. Harden threw from 150 feet today, and given that he still hasn't worked off a mound, it seems way too optimistic to pencil him in for a return within two weeks. If he does return as a reliever, it will lead to speculation about him becoming a closer. However, it's quite likely that the intention would be to have him work his way back as a reliever.
God, I've held the guy for this long and now this!!! Is it seriously time to drop this guy??