Retroactive to April 3rd, the Oakland Athletics placed injury-plagued Rich Harden on the 15-day disabled list Thursday.
Harden's 1-0 record and 0.82 ERA over two starts was exactly the kind of beginning to the season Oakland had been hoping for out of Harden, but he was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday after straining a muscle below his right shoulder blade. There was talk of the 26-year-old righty being ready in time to face the Cleveland Indians this Saturday, but he was still throwing from flat ground before Wednesday's game and still complaining of soreness.
The trip to the DL marks the sixth time in the past four years Harden has been out of commission. Last season, he was held to just seven starts due to shoulder issues.
Lefty Lenny DiNardo is one option to replace Harden on Saturday, but nothing is set in stone. The club also called up right-hander Joey Devine from the AAA Sacramento Rivercats to take Harden's spot on the roster.
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