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Rich Harden | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/30/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Central Arizona JC
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Rich Harden (shoulder) plans to audition for teams this summer.
Harden has recovered slowly from January 2012 shoulder surgery but has resumed throwing again. The oft-injured right-hander hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011 and is a long shot to ever have an impact again. Mar 27 - 11:04 PM

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Twins released RHP Rich Harden.

Harden had an out clause in his contract that he chose to exercise. The oft-injured right-hander has still yet to throw a pitch this season and in fact hasn't thrown one at any level since 2011. He's still rehabbing from shoulder surgery.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 02:53:00 PM

Rich Harden (shoulder) will throw live batting practice this week.

Harden's recovery from shoulder surgery has gone very slowly, as he's had setbacks after feeling soreness in his shoulder, lat and forearm at various points. He's feeling good of late, though. "There have been no setbacks this go-round. Everything's felt good. Every report, every time he's thrown a bullpen or done anything, it's been positive," wins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "So hopefully he can continue to progress."
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 09:57:00 PM

Rich Harden (lat) is scheduled to resume throwing this week.

Harden dealt with soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder in April and suffered a strained lat muscle last month. The Twins signed the injury-prone right-hander over the winter, but he's a long shot to contribute.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 11:34:00 AM

Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Friday that Rich Harden's rehab has been "slow" and "not very well to be honest".

Harden felt soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder while throwing a few weeks ago and hasn't progressed much since. It's starting to look like a longshot that the oft-injured right-hander will ever make an impact for the Twins.
Fri, May 17, 2013 08:38:00 PM

Rich Harden felt soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder while throwing last week.

It appears to be just a minor setback, as Harden is expected to ramp it up again next week. It remains up in the air as to when the right-hander might join the Twins' roster.
Sun, Apr 28, 2013 01:54:00 PM

Rich Harden (shoulder) is set to throw live batting practice to hitters in Fort Myers on Tuesday.

It's the next step in Harden's recovery from shoulder surgery. He has a $1 million opt-out clause in his contract if he's not with the Twins by July 31, but that shouldn't be an issue if he's already facing batters. It's not yet known whether he will be used as a starter or reliever by the Twins.
Sun, Apr 21, 2013 02:52:00 PM

Rich Harden (shoulder) threw to hitters for the first time this spring on Saturday.

There's still no timetable for when Harden will be able to pitch in an actual game, but he should contribute at some point this season. The Twins aren't sure whether they will use him as a starter or reliever.
Sun, Apr 14, 2013 04:34:00 PM

Twins reassigned RHP Rich Harden and LHP Rafael Perez to minor league camp.

Both pitchers are coming back from shoulder surgery and still aren't ready for game action. Harden is obviously a longshot to get and stay healthy and productive this season.
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Rich Harden (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday.

Harden was limited to long-tossing at the beginning of camp as he built up strength in his surgically-repaired right shoulder, but he's been throwing from the mound for a little while now. The injury-prone righty won't be ready for the start of the season, and it remains up in the air whether he'll be used as a starter or reliever while he's healthy and built up enough shoulder strength.
Sun, Mar 24, 2013 10:47:00 AM

Rich Harden (shoulder) is currently long-tossing at 150 feet.

Harden was throwing off a mound early in camp, but the Twins determined that he needed to build up strength in his surgically-repaired right shoulder. "He's feeling good," general manager Terry Ryan said, "so we'll take this in increments." The club still isn't sure whether Harden will be used as a starter or reliever, but it's probably safe to assume that he's not a realistic option for the Opening Day rotation.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 09:19:00 AM

Rich Harden (shoulder) said his first spring training bullpen session Wednesday "felt pretty good."

"It felt pretty good," said Harden. "It was fun. It was good to get back out there. I'm hoping it'll feel the same when I start facing hitters. I threw mostly fastballs because I'm trying to get that feel back." Harden, of course, missed all of the 2012 season due to shoulder surgery, and he's a poor bet to stay healthy for much of 2013. The Twins aren't sure whether they will use him as a starter or reliever.
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 07:36:00 PM

According to 1500 ESPN's Phil Mackey, the Twins are considering Rich Harden for their bullpen.

The Twins would prefer to use Harden as a starter, but his role remains to be seen after missing the entire 2012 season due to shoulder surgery. "He has done both," GM Terry Ryan said. "And I would tell you starter if the health issue was not a part of this, but he's not been healthy. So we have to keep that option open."
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 11:22:00 AM

Rich Harden's new minor league contract with the Twins includes an opt-out clause with a date of July 31.

In other words, Harden can become a free agent if he is not on the Twins' big league roster by the trade deadline. The 31-year-old right-hander is nearly a full 12 months removed from shoulder surgery and represents a nice low-risk option for the Minnesota starting rotation.
Thu, Dec 27, 2012 02:19:00 PM

Twins signed RHP Rich Harden to a minor league contract.

He's been given an invitation to spring training. Harden missed the entire 2012 season following surgery to repair a torn capsule in his right shoulder, but he's reportedly healthy now and trying for a comeback. The 31-year-old hasn't had any success since 2009 and has, of course, had major problems with staying healthy, but it doesn't hurt to see what he might have left. The Twins aren't sure whether he'll be used as a starter or reliever.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 10:51:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Josmil Pinto
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
2Eric Farris
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3Jose Martinez
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
3Miguel Sano
LF1Jordan Schafer
2Chris Herrmann
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Eddie Rosario
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Shane Robinson
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Tommy Milone
6Trevor May
7Mike Pelfrey
8Alex Meyer
9Jason Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Caleb Thielbar
5Ryan Pressly
6Aaron Thompson
7A.J. Achter
8Logan Darnell
9Michael Tonkin
10Lester Oliveros
11J.R. Graham
12Tim Stauffer
13Mark Hamburger