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August 19, 2010

Another statement by Rich Harden?

Rich Harden, whose season hasn't been anything close to what the Rangers were expecting when they signed him in the off-season, allowed three hits and an unearned run while strikeout 10 Reno hitters in six innings Wednesday in a rehab start for Triple A Oklahoma City. Harden, who walked three and got a no-decision, is down there with right shoulder tendinitis.

Rehabbing catcher Matt Treanor (knee) went 0 for 2, was hit by a pitch and did not finish the game. Newly acquired infielder Alex Cora went 0 for 4 in his debut.

But Harden is the main area of concern. The last time he turned in a performance like this at Triple A he followed it up by dominating the Angels in a 2-1 victory July 31. He followed that with disastrous outing at Oakland and subsequently was pushed back and pushed to the DL. The thought here is that the Rangers need to see him repeat his performance at Triple A and give Derek Holland another shot in the majors before making a switch. They are on the same pitching schedule, which means they will go again Monday.

-- Jeff Wilson

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