Rangers designate righty Rich Harden for assignment

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The Rangers couldn’t wait to remove disappointing right-hander Rich Harden from their big-league roster.

Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Harden was designated for assignment on Wednesday evening so that Texas could claim 23-year-old Ryan Tucker from the Marlins.

Harden was signed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract last winter that included an $11 million mutual option for 2011.  That option, of course, will not be exercised and the eight-year veteran will head into the offseason as a free agent.

Harden, 28, threw up a 5.58 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over 20 appearances (18 starts) this season, striking out 75 batters but walking 62 over 92 innings of work.  He battled a shoulder and glute injury and was left off the Rangers’ postseason roster.

Tucker, claimed off waivers in a corresponding move, registered 6.15 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and 19/17 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings this year at the Triple-A level.