According to multiple reports Thursday night, Rich Harden’s 2009 season has come to an end. The Cubs shutdown Harden for the year after it appeared he would only miss two of his final three starts. Harden finished with a 9-9 record in 26 starts with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. In 141 innings Harden struck out 171 batters and walked 67.
It was reportedly a mutual decision to end Rich Harden’s season.
Rich Harden is a free agent after the season and would like to return to the Cubs. Due to his injury history many feel a deal for longer than one year for Rich Harden would be a mistake. The Tribune reported, “it’s unlikely the Cubs will off more than a one-year deal” to Rich Harden this off-season.
Rich Harden said everything with his arm is fine and the move is just precautionary. Harden said he is suffering from just a little arm fatigue … and if the Cubs were still battling for the post-season then he would be available to pitch.
Stay Tuned … the Hot Stove Season is just around the corner.