Rich Harden To Miss 2012 Season

Rich Harden will miss the 2012 season while he recovers from a shoulder operation, Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports on Twitter. Dr. James Andrews repaired a torn capsule in Harden's shoulder last week and the free agent right-hander aims to come back healthy in 2013.

Harden started 15 games for the 2011 Athletics, but he's no stranger to serious injuries, having spent much of the 2006 and 2007 seasons on the disabled list. The 30-year-old posted a 5.12 ERA with 9.9 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 82 2/3 innings for the A's in 2011. He drew interest as a starter and as a reliever this offseason from teams such as the Rockies.


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5_tool_MiLB_fool
3 years 6 months ago

he got seriously injured…and didn’t even pitch an inning in the 2011 season!

Ron Loreski
3 years 6 months ago

???

3 years 6 months ago

 If you are given a 9 run lead and your team ends up losing by 13, I probably wouldn’t call that pitching either

5_tool_MiLB_fool
3 years 6 months ago

my point. 

jjflash13
3 years 6 months ago

the torn capsul has been an issue for awhile,yrs. I wonder why it’s taken this long to get this procedure done. He did pitch for the A’s in 11, starting 15 games & K’n 91 in just 82 innings, somethings their. He won’t be done if it’s a success.

3 years 6 months ago

I imagine this might be it for him. I know he expects to come back healthy, but for a guy with major injury history and now a torn capsule on top, it’s pretty iffy. It’s a shame he was never healthy. He could really pitch the rare times he was 100% and on the mound.

3 years 6 months ago

5 tool MiLB, He pitched 82 2/3 actually. Not that that’s good. He is injured incredibly frequenty, but he did make 15 starts in 2011.

Ron Loreski
3 years 6 months ago

Wow, I’m shocked. It’s not too often you see a reliable player such as Harden miss an entire season.

melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

harden is anything but reliable. 

nickseam
3 years 6 months ago

lol

EarlyMorningBoxscore
3 years 6 months ago

Bazinga! 

Blanketsburg
3 years 6 months ago

It’s unfortunate how injuries have affected Harden’s career. He’s clearly extremely talented when healthy. Here’s hoping he returns to a successful 2013 season.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

Wow

Sully65
3 years 6 months ago

Pretty sad actually, Rich had HOF stuff and injuries have rendered him to an almost null career

3 years 6 months ago

“Its being reported that Harden tore his capsule while in the midst of brushing his teeth”

This guy is just a walking injury. His best years were already behind him anyways but its a shame that such a talented arm has gone to waste. Amazing change-up

3 years 6 months ago

that wasn’t his change up. That was his fast ball with a shoulder injury

HHHDMS
3 years 6 months ago

He should just retire, hes been injured more than hes pitched..The thing is he does have good stuff, but whats the point if hes always injured

RepOak
3 years 6 months ago

It’s a shame. Soo much talent, feel bad for the guy.

Joe Goodin
3 years 6 months ago

No wonder the deal fell between the A’s and Boston in July

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

 I guess I kind of need to give Theo a pass here for ending up getting Bedard instead of him. Even though Bedard wasn’t very good either.

Mike H
3 years 6 months ago

Is resiliency undervalued in today’s game?

ubercubsfan
3 years 6 months ago

He should try to recover and come back to be a reliever like Kerry Wood.  Might be successful that way.

Runtime
3 years 6 months ago

Dustin McGowan 2.0or is Dustin McGowan Rich Harden 2.0?

WHO KNOWSSTAY TUNED

YouCannnnnPutItOnTheBoard
3 years 6 months ago

I’ll bet Dr. James Andrews has a picture of Rich Harden hanging in his practice. It’s probably next to Mark Prior, Carl Pavano, Dustin McGowan, Jake Peavy and Brett Anderson. 

3 years 6 months ago

The pictures he hangs are probably of those who came back from the surgery really quickly and then had successful careers.

Manfrenjensen
3 years 6 months ago

 Or of those who are paying for his great-great-grandchildren’s college educations.

3 years 6 months ago

I think Harden is done.  It sucks because when healthy, he was pretty awesome

Chillin_in_California
3 years 6 months ago

The reason he always gets hurt must be because of his Canadian diet

blurnandez
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t get it.

crzycanuck
3 years 6 months ago

They call me Mista Glass.

astros_should_be_fortyfives
3 years 6 months ago

harden isn’t even the surprising story in this bunch of updates ,the really surprising one is that the Astro’s think Wandy is a good building block going into their completely disappointing switch to the AL. He will be shelled right out of a job if is to face AL batters on a daily basis.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Like the username ^^ They should get old time 45’ers like Rusty Staub, Jimmy “Toy Cannon” Wynn and Joe Morgan on the field wearing retro uni’s when/if they switch.

astros_should_be_fortyfives
3 years 6 months ago

john thanks . and you are right that would be an awesome sight to show up and maybe give a boost to all the youngsters the astros are sure to have starting next season .