After having a little fun with Rich Harden this morning, I got thinking about Rich Harden. Rich Harden, as you may or may not remember, was amazing. A hard-throwing, bat-missing phenom – in between trips to the disabled list.
Rich Harden sat out the entire 2012 season after undergoing surgery on a torn shoulder capsule. At the time of the procedure, Harden swore he’d be back at full strength for 2013. The Minnesota Twins are betting he will, signing the Canadian righty to a minor-league contract with an invite to camp.
Considering the Twins rotation has Vance Worely at the top and Kevin Correira in there at all suggests a healthy Harden won’t have much trouble grabbing a few starts. The big question is how will Harden’s fastball/changeup combo that misses all the bats mesh with the Twins pitch-to-contact philosophy?
Perhaps Harden can be reborn as an efficient ground ball guy? I sure hope not. Watching Harden blow fastballs past chumps is something all baseball fans can enjoy, not to mention his devastating change. Throwing more strikes is never a bad idea but there is no need for the Twins to get in there and “Twins” around with a good thing.