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  1. in other news, the sun rose this morning in the east.

    IMO this should remind us just how impressive the durability of king felix, CC, and halladay really is.

    Comment by cecilcoop — February 9, 2012 @ 9:15 am

  2. What this should remind us of is that the guys you mention are really the exception these days and long term contracts for pitchers are very risky.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — February 9, 2012 @ 10:17 am

  3. It’s really sad how his career has been derailed by injuries. He was amazing to watch in 04.

    Comment by Chad — February 9, 2012 @ 10:53 am

  4. Here is a good article explaing Harden’s situation. Basically, he tore his capsule in 2007 – he is sure when it happened – and teams he has been on have always known it. The information was never released due to HIPAA laws, but he is coming out with it now. He finally opted to have it fixed.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/08/SPAB1N5275.DTL

    Comment by rbt — February 9, 2012 @ 11:18 am

  5. lol

    Comment by supershredder — February 9, 2012 @ 11:44 am

  6. It’s a shame if this is the end of his career. He was always an exciting pitcher to watch when he was healthy (or at least as healthy as he ever was). FWIW I always thought the Cubs did a good job managing his workload during his short stint with the club. Keep his pitch count under 100 and let him run 5-6 innings with an extra day of rest in between starts. This seemed to be effective as they were able to get 4 WAR out of him in a little over one season with limited innings pitched.

    Comment by Drew — February 9, 2012 @ 11:52 am

  7. Looks like a Yahoo-commentator lost his way

    Comment by J Walter Weatherman — February 9, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

  8. A sad situation – but it’s good to see that the Red Sox made at least one correct decision in 2011.

    Comment by Mr Punch — February 9, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

  9. Man, I’ll always recall when 21-year-old Rich Harden started the 2003 AA season by retiring the first 39 men he faced–17 by strikeout. Sad to see what’s come after.

    Best of luck, Rich.

    Comment by Bob — February 9, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

  10. As an aside, it’s information like this that makes it difficult to analyse contracts. The teams giving out the contracts may have substantially more information available than even the best connected baseball analysts.

    Comment by Bill — February 10, 2012 @ 11:01 am

  11. What a shame, hope to see him back in green and gold in 2013. Going to miss seeing you this season #40.

    Comment by Jenn — April 3, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

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