Harden to DL, will miss 3-6 weeks
by Ken Arneson
2006-04-28 15:16

Still no word Rich Harden’s MRI on his back, but the results must not have been good. The A’s placed Harden on the 15-day DL, and called up Ron Flores to take his spot.

I would guess that calling up a lefty would mean that Brad Halsey would take Harden’s spot in the rotation, but who knows? If Ken Macha enjoys having two lefties in the pen so much, maybe he’ll like having three even more.

Jay Witasick is eligible to come off the DL tomorrow, but if he were ready, the A’s could have just activated him tomorrow instead of making Flores fly around the country for just one game.

Injuries, man. They suck. But better these little two-week things than one big out-for-the-year injury to a star. Knock on wood.

Update: Dagnammit, I knocked on wood! It was supposed to be a two-week thingie. Instead, Harden will be out for three to six weeks. Looks like that A’s hot streak will have to wait until June again.

Comments: 4
1.   Xeifrank
2006-04-28 15:42

1.  What's the scouting report on Ron Flores?
Any relation to Ron LeFlore? vr, Xei

2.   Ken Arneson
2006-04-28 16:04

2.  He's your typical soft-tossin' lefty reliever.

No relation to Ron LeFlore, but he's the younger brother of Randy Flores of the Cardinals.

3.   ScoobyGoo
2006-04-29 00:50

3.  Does this throw a wrench in the possible/probable trade of Zito? They were probably equipped to withstand trading Barry, I don't know about both Rich and Barry

4.   Ken Arneson
2006-04-29 13:37

4.  They're only going to trade Zito if they're out of the race in July. In as much as Harden's injury makes it more likely the A's will be out of the race in July, this makes it more likely Zito will now be traded, not less.

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