Phillies scratch Aaron Harang from start with back injury

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Philadelphia signed Aaron Harang for $5 million to eat some innings in a rebuilding season, but now the veteran right-hander is having back problems.

Harang was scratched from Saturday’s scheduled start with lower back discomfort, which has now caused him to miss two outings already.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told Jim Hawkins of CSNPhilly.com that “it’s just a little muscular thing” and “I’m not too worried.”

Still, back problems for a 37-year-old are always worrisome.

Phillies sign Aaron Harang for $5 million

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Looking for a veteran starter to soak up some innings in a rebuilding season the Phillies have signed right-hander Aaron Harang, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.

Harang had an ugly 2013 season, but bounced back nicely at age 36 to throw 204 innings with a 3.57 ERA and 161/71 K/BB ratio for the Braves. He also had a sub-4.00 ERA in 2011 and 2012, so Harang is a decent pickup for a team more or less just looking for 175-200 not-horrible innings at a low price tag.

Salisbury reports that the one-year deal is worth $5 million.

The Phillies are “poking around” on Aaron Harang

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Here’s an image for you:

Wash that hand when you’re done poking, Ruben.

Anyway, Harang is definitely in the “hired gun” and/or “we need SOMEBODY to eat all of these innings they’re requiring us to play during our rebuild” stage of his career, so he makes sense for the Phillies. You can get him on a one year deal, I’m sure. He pitched reasonably well for the Braves last year, posting a 3.57 ERA and 161/71 K/BB ratio over 204 and a third innings. That’s nothing you want fronting your playoff contender, but it’s just what the doctor ordered while you try to develop players who will, one day, be part of your next team.

Still. Poking. On this:

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Aaron Harang

Eww.