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Rich Harden to miss all of 2012

Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:05 am
Edited on: February 9, 2012 11:18 am
Rich HardenBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Free-agent right-hander Rich Harden will miss all of 2012 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right shoulder capsule, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.


Harden has been troubled by the injury for the last four years, but finally had surgery last week. The operation was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. The injury is the same that cost former teammate Dallas Braden the majority of 2011 and has bothered Johan Santana. Harden told Slusser he was confident he could pitch again in 2013.

"There's no reason, if I work hard, I can't get back to where I was before," Harden told the newspaper.

Harden said the injury occurred on April 15, 2007, when he tried to field a comebacker with his bare hand. Since then, Harden has tried to pitch through the injury by altering his mechanics, but other injuries started popping up.

"If you look at those injuries, that's definitely where they came from," Harden said. "Yes, I've been injured a lot, but nobody really knew what I'd been dealing with for five years."

Harden, 30, started 15 games for the A's last season, going 4-4 with a 5.12 ERA. From 2003-2006, Harden was 30-16 with a 3.67 ERA in 77 games and 72 starts (all with Oakland), striking out 404 batters in 439 innings. After pitching in just seven games in 2007 -- including four games after (but only one start) after suffering his injury against the Yankees -- Harden bounced back with a great year in 2008 with the A's and Cubs, going 10-2 with a 2.07 ERA in 25 starts. In the last three seasons, Harden's gone 18-18 with a 4.79 ERA with the Rangers and A's, but still had 337 strikeouts in 315 2/3 innings.

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Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:38 pm

Rich Harden to miss all of 2012

Again!!! This is sad because Harden has shown much when he has been able to pitch. But, now he is getting long in the tooth, and has spent too much time on the DL. From a guy who demonstrated so much potential, he has had nothing but bad luck.

Perhaps, as one poster mentioned, he should contemplate taking on a relief role.

One has to admire his determination and grit to keep his career alive; however, on the other hand, it might be time to think about a career change. Good luck to Mr. Harden!

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:38 pm

Rich Harden to miss all of 2012

All about he MOOLA!!!

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:50 am

Rich Harden to miss all of 2012

Odds are against him in returning to his old form. I respect his determination and unwillingness to give up. I must admit, there is also a great lure to avoid retirement when there are potentially millions of dollars to be made.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:41 pm

Rich Harden to miss all of 2012

I can't think of another starting pitcher who has spent so much time on the DL. Yet he will come back next year and probably have a decent to good season...and then get hurt again. It's incredible.

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:35 pm

Rich Harden to miss all of 2012

Why doesn't this guy wise up and go the Kerry Wood route and only pitch in relief? You would think that would significantly improve his chances of not getting hurt as much.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:18 pm

Rich Harden to miss all of 2012

I'm a big fan of Rich Harden when he's healthy, but damn, what took him so long to get the required surgery? You figure the team doctors of the teams he played for would acknowledge the injury during a physical. If he is going to come back, it had better be as middle reliever or closer, not as a starter. Such potiental wasted because he didn't get the surgery soon enough.

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:17 pm

Rich Harden to miss all of 2012


Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:09 pm

Rich Harden to miss all of 2012

Had to laugh at his comment that he is hopeful to be "back to where I was before."  Would that be the one season in his career that he didn't miss half of it from injury?  Continued forecast: good stuff, frequent breakdowns.
He want to go back to the season he pitched the best, which was 2008 because since 2009 he has not pitch that good.

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:05 pm

Rich Harden to miss all of 2012

I did not realize he was still playing at all

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:42 pm
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