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Rich Harden makes his return

The tease begins again. Rich Harden is usually a dominate pitcher when healthy, although he's not healthy much of the time. Harden made his season debut last night against the Diamondbacks and looked very good.

Harden reached 94 mph on his fastball and his secondary pitches had great break. he pitched six innings and allowed four hits, two runs, walked none, and struck out six. Harden suffered a strained muscle underneath his right arm on the first day of spring training.

Harden was clearly bothered by injuries last season with Texas with a 5.58 ERA, 7.34 K/9, and 6.07 BB/9 in 92 innings. He's still a major health risk. I'd add him in AL-only leagues, but be hesitant to add in mixed leagues. Regardless, I wouldn't invest a lot of FAAB money. If it doesn't cost you much, I'd take the risk in a deeper mixed league.


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