Here's a quote from the most recent article about Harden:
SEATTLE - Rich Harden would love nothing more than to leave the disabled list behind for good.
In trying to do that, he said he'll take a more gradual approach in his comeback from his right-shoulder injury
, which has put him on the disabled list twice and kept him out for the majority of the season.Harden believes he came back too quickly in his first rehab stint, which sidelined him from April 16 to June 21.
The A's had Harden pitch in relief upon his return to build up his arm strength with an eye toward starting, rather than have him take his time with a series of minor league starts."I came back a little quick," Harden said.
"I was feeling great. It seemed like the right thing to come out of the 'pen. I want to be out there. But these injuries, you lose a lot of muscle control. That's what prevents injuries. It's just as important as the injury itself."
Harden said preparing to relieve is a quicker process that puts more strain on the arm than getting ready to start. But he was on board with the plan because the team was missing Huston Street and Justin Duchscherer, who were both injured at the time.
"I don't think my body was ready for that, another few weeks and I would have been fine,"
Harden said. http://www.mercurynews.com/athleticshea ... ci_6487007
So, he was out for more than 2 months but he claims that even this was too quick and that he would have needed another few weeks (late July) to be ready to go. Now he says that he'll take "a more gradual approach" following his recent setback?
Hmmm. Let's find that "Drop Players" link on my team page. Click. See ya, Rich.
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