Rich Harden was hit pretty hard on Wednesday night in his third rehab start for AAA Oklahoma City. Harden lasted five innings giving up six runs, all earned, on seven hits with a walk, allowing two home runs but did manage to strike out nine -- which is the only positive to take away from this start. Harden threw 88 pitches, 62 of which were strikes, good for about 70.5 percent.â†µ
While the line is mostly discouraging and there's never any positives about giving up home runs to Micah Hoffpauir and Bobby Scales, the nine strikeouts in just five innings are encouraging. At this point though, I don't think there's a whole lot of percentage in letting Harden start games for the Rangers. Not with much more deserving candidates. Perhaps moving Harden to the bullpen where he could pitch brief stints and maximize his stuff would be best for all parties since Harden has historically failed to go deep into games.