Sunday, March 28, 2004

Harden heading for the minors? 

Sounds like the Oakland A's might send stud pitching prospect Rich Harden, who has been struggling this spring, to AAA to start the season.

Harden came into the spring with a lock on the #5 spot, but has been wild, and the early season schedule would allow the A's to go with a 4 man rostation for the first few weeks.

Sending Harden down would likely allow the A's to hang on to former Ranger prospect Justin Duchscherer for a little longer. Duchscherer is out of options, and seemed to have lost out on the last bullpen spot, which meant that the A's would either have to trade him or put him on waivers, with some team likely claiming him. If Harden starts the season in AAA, Duchscherer can start the season on the Oakland roster.

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