Results tagged ‘ Rich Harden ’

9/17 Harden to be skipped

The Cubs will skip Rich Harden in the rotation, and insert lefty Tom Gorzelanny, who will get the assignment Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Harden took the loss Wednesday against the Brewers, giving up five runs on five hits over three innings. A free agent to be, Harden also may miss a second turn as well and not start in San Francisco Sept. 26.

“There’s nothing wrong with him,” Lou Piniella said of Harden (9-9, 4.09 ERA). “This will freshen him up a little bit.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/16 Lineup

With a win Wednesday over the Brewers, the Cubs would be eight games over .500 for the first time since Aug. 8 when they were 58-50. Here’s the lineup:

SS Theriot

CF Fukudome

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

C Soto

RF Bradley

2B Fontenot

LF Scales

P Harden

– Carrie Muskat

9/8 Free agents & more

After Monday’s game, Derrek Lee was asked what if the Cubs brought back most of the same players, could the results be totally different?

“It could be totally different [in 2010],” Lee said. “There are so many variables in baseball. I don’t think it’s like other sports when you can kind of talk things up. Guys have down years. You see it all the time. This year, it just happened we had a few guys who were either hurt or had down years. But you fully expect those guys to be back and rebound.”

For those of you looking ahead, the free agents to be on the Cubs’ roster include:

Rich Harden

Kevin Gregg

John Grabow

Reed Johnson

I’ll let you discuss who to keep. I’m sure joeydafish has some ideas.

For the roster geeks, the players who are arbitration eligible include: Jeff Baker, Tom Gorzelanny, Aaron Heilman, Neal Cotts, Carlos Marmol, Koyie Hill, Sean Marshall, Mike Fontenot, Angel Guzman and Ryan Theriot.

The Cubs already are committed to about $122 million to players for 2010. That list includes Carlos Zambrano, Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, Lee, Ted Lilly, Kosuke Fukudome, Ryan Dempster, Milton Bradley, Aaron Miles and Jeff Samardzija.

– Carrie Muskat

8/31 Lineups, Harden & Soto

Geovany Soto says he understands why Lou Piniella wants to go with Koyie Hill behind the plate. On Monday against the Astros, Hill was back there, catching for Rich Harden, who, obviously, is still a Cub. Harden was claimed on waivers by the Twins, but the Cubs pulled him back. The Cubs need the right-hander.

“We still feel we have a chance in the Wild Card race,” Piniella said, “and we’re going to go after it.”

Here’s the lineup:

SS Theriot

RF Bradley

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Fukudome

LF Fox

2B Baker

C Hill

P Harden

– Carrie Muskat

 

8/30 Harden rumors

Both Minnesota Twins officials and Cubs officials will not confirm or deny that the Twins are the team that placed a claim on pitcher Rich Harden, as has been reported.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, two people close to Harden say they doubt Harden will join the Twins. To their knowledge, the Cubs had yet to open a window for the Twins to negotiate a long-term deal with Harden, who is a pending free agent.

It’s possible the Twins would trade for Harden without a long-term extension. He will be a Type A free agent, which would assure them two compensation picks in the 2010 draft if he signed elsewhere.

Harden and Twins first baseman Justin Morneau were teammates on a British Columbia select team during their youth. Harden was a center fielder then and once opened Morneau’s lip with a long throw that bounced into his face. Harden’s father, Russ, who coached the team, brought Morneau to the hospital.

– Carrie Muskat

 

8/29 Rumors & Harden

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday that the Twins and Cubs could be working on a deal which would send Rich Harden to the Minnesota club. The Twins reportedly claimed Harden on waivers Thursday, and the two teams have until noon Monday to make a deal. Harden is a free agent at season’s end, and could always play for the Twins for a month, then re-sign with the Cubs for 2010. Harden was scheduled to start Monday night.

– Carrie Muskat

8/28 LIneup, waivers & birthday wishes

Rookie Sam Fuld was starting in center field Friday in Game 1 vs. the Mets. New York is starting a lefty. It’ll be:

SS Theriot

RF Bradley

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

2B Baker

LF Soriano

C Soto

CF Fuld

P Lilly

* Rich Harden said he was surprised to hear he was claimed on waivers. FoxSports.com reported that Harden and Aaron Heilman were both claimed on Thursday, and if so, the Cubs would have until noon Monday to make a decision. The Cubs can either let the pitchers go to the team that claimed them, try to trade the pitchers to the team that claimed them, or pull them back and keep them. Teams that are in playoff contention need to finalize their postseason rosters by Aug. 31, so if a team were to add Harden or Heilman, they would have to do so by Monday.

“I’m happy being here and like being here,” Harden said Friday. “We’ll see what happens.”

Every team puts players through waivers, so it’s not unusual for Harden and Heilman to be subjected to this. What is unusual is to have their names released. The information is confidential. The Cubs won’t even confirm whether they’ve been contacted by the club that claimed the pitchers.

Harden is focused on his next start.

“I still plan on starting here Monday and anything can happen,” Harden said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but basically, my priority is to pitch for this team and nothing else. I’m happy here, I love playing here, the fans are good. We’ll see what happens.”

* On the final month of games:

“We’re trying to win as many games as we can and finish as well as we can,” Lou Piniella said. “I’d like to finish as strong as possible and I think the players feel the same way.”

* Expect the Cubs to call up seven or eight players when rosters expand Sept. 1. The list was expected to include players who have been with the big league team this year, which would include Micah Hoffpauir, Justin Berg, Andres Blanco, David Patton, and Bobby Scales.

* It’s not only Piniella’s 66th birthday Friday, but b-day greetings go out to Randy Wells and strength coach Tim Buss.

“I’m 66, but I feel like 76,” Piniella said. “Hopefully we’ll get a win and it’ll make me feel a lot better.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Harden, Heilman reportedly claimed

Cubs pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman have reportedly been claimed on waivers.

FOXSports.com cited Major League sources Thursday as saying a National League team was awarded the claim on Heilman. The claiming team on Harden was not known, but presumably he did not get through the National League, either. Players must pass through their own league first before being exposed on waivers to teams in the other league.

The Cubs will have until Monday to work out trades, allow Harden and Heilman to depart on claims, or pull them back them from waivers. Harden is 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break.

The Giants, Rockies and Dodgers all are interested in adding starting pitching, and Harden would be an attractive pickup. Harden is 8-7, 3.99 ERA overall in 22 starts, while Heilman is 2-3 with a 4.55 ERA.

– Carrie Muskat

8/26 Staying focused

Despite the fact that the Cardinals have a nine-game lead in the Central, and seem to never lose, the Cubs feel they’re still in the race.

“I think everybody in the clubhouse, we still believe we’re in it,” pitcher Rich Harden said after Wednesday’s 9-4 win over the Nationals. “Nobody’s down. You have to go with that mindset. We’ve got to win some games. You can’t get too ahead of yourself, ‘We’ve got to win how many in a row.’ I think we have to have an approach of taking it on a daily basis and win that game. The loss [Tuesday] was tough, but we came back today and played well and we can still win the series by winning [Thursday]. I think if you plan on winning the series, we’ll be in a pretty good position by the end of the season.”

Harden posted his 14th quality start, which matches his season total from 2008. His career high is 18 set in 2004. He has a 3-1 record and 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts. So far, the right-hander has struck out 143; he fanned 181 last season.

– Carrie Muskat

8/26 Lineup

The tarp is on the field and rain is in the forecast, but here’s the lineup for Wednesday’s game vs. the Nationals:

SS Theriot

RF Bradley

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Fukudome

LF Soriano

2B Baker

C HIll

P Harden

– Carrie Muskat

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