Tag:Rich Harden
Posted on: June 16, 2010 12:34 am
Edited on: June 16, 2010 1:04 am

Rangers see progress with three injured players

Rich Harden The Rangers may have to wait until the All-Star break to get two-fifths of their rotation back.

Rich Harden (pictured left) is still shut down after going on the disabled list Saturday with a strained gluteus muscle. He'll long-toss on Thursday and then will begin the road back. Manager Ron Washington believes Harden will need at least two starts in the minor leagues -- not just to put the injury behind him, but to address several pitching issues, says MLB.com.

Harden has a 5.68 ERA through 13 starts, which is hardly what the Rangers were hoping for when they signed him to a $7.5 million deal for the year. While he's never been stingy with walks, his 43 walks on the season currently leads the AL.

Young lefty Derek Holland, who hit the disabled list after just four starts and one relief appearance after being recalled from the minors, is sidelined with an inflamed rotator cuff. He threw a light bullpen on Tuesday and everyone came away pleased with the results. He'll repeat the process on Thursday before ramping the bullpen session up on Sunday, barring a setback. The Rangers are wisely being cautious with Holland, who could give the team years of dominant pitching.

Meanwhile, on offense, outfielder Nelson Cruz's recovery from a torn left hamstring seems to be going so well, he completely forgot which hamstring was injured.

"It was like it never happened," Cruz said.

Cruz will undergo another workout Wednesday before departing for a rehab assignment and could be back as soon as the middle of next week. Cruz' 1.134 OPS in 126 plate appearances will be much welcome to a team that has seen David Murphy struggle in Cruz' absence.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 12, 2010 1:22 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2010 5:21 pm

Ogando on way for Rangers?

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the Rangers will neither confirm nor deny reports that right-hander Alexi Ogando has been sent to join the team in Milwaukee.

Ogando, a 26-year-old Dominican, was one of 30 players banned from the U.S. for five years due to involvement in a visa scam. He and fellow Rangers prospect Omar Beltre are the only ones who have been allowed back into the country.

Reliever Ogando is a major talent, with a 2.05 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 30 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. It's not clear whose spot he would take on the roster, but Grant speculates that the Rangers might put struggling starter Rich Harden on the disabled list. Dustin Nippert or Matt Harrison could spot start with Harden gone.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Move now official, Ogando up and Harden to DL.

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