Rangers right-hander Rich Harden failed to make it out of the third inning in his last start, August 7 against the A’s, and he had a scheduled outing pushed back this week for undisclosed reasons. No we know why.
Harden was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right shoulder tendinitis, according to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The move was made retroactive to August 8.
Harden, 28, is one of the nastiest pitchers in baseball when healthy and completely focused, but he’s struggled to the tune of a 5.45 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 15 starts this season. The Rangers have major playoff aspirations and can ill afford to lose momentum at this point. Harden will try to right the ship down on the farm.
Outfielder Brandon Boggs has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.
Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.
The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.
Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.