Harden won't start, but may relieve?
Ken Macha all but concedes
that Rich Harden won't start again for the A's, but...
Harden might, however, be well enough to pitch out of the bullpen down the
stretch and -- should the A's qualify -- in the postseason. With a less
aggressive throwing program, Harden could be ready to throw 40-45 pitches by the
final week of the season. If he is ready, the A's will use him as the Angels
have used Kelvim Escobar, a starter whose rehab from an elbow injury landed him
in a relief role with the American League West frontrunners.
"I would think that's what we'd do with [Harden], yeah," Macha said.
"Escobar's given their bullpen a big boost."