Chicago Cubs send SP Rich Harden to DL

by Tim Heaney on May 22, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT


Paul Sullivan, of The Chicago Tribune, reports the Chicago Cubs placed starting pitcher Rich Harden (back) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 22, with a back strain.

The Cubs didn't bring a new player up, instead simply activating starter Carlos Zambrano (hamstring). Randy Wells will presumably stay in the rotation after taking Harden's rotation spot Saturday, May 23, against the San Diego Padres. Harden will be eligible to return June 2.

Stuck in an all too familiar fantasy baseball situation, Harden owners need to retain the starter with a DL spot. He shouldn't be cut considering his typical performance when healthy.

Given his extensive medical chart, keep in mind: He missed 34 games with a similar injury in 2006. On the encouraging side, this isn't an arm or shoulder problem, meaning it isn't residual from any of his recent maladies.

It has been a down season for the glass man, who despite displaying good command and dominance (53 K's, 21 walks) has been hit a bit harder than in years past (4.74 ERA, .241 opponents' clip).

Wells, who started the season with 11 shutout innings in two starts, remains a sound rental in deep NL leagues, especially for his next start against the ineffective Pads bats.

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