A's Harden, Anderson making progress with rehab

June 19, 2011, 7:47 pm
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June 19, 2011


Paul Gutierrez

OAKLAND -- While one potential member of the A's starting rotation prepared Sunday to depart for a rehab assignment with triple-A Sacramento, a former member of the rotation made his first appearance in the Oakland clubhouse since being placed on the disabled list.

Rich Harden will pitch for the River Cats at Raley Field against Fresno on Monday while Brett Anderson is on Day 7 of his "seven-to-10 day" rest period after undergoing Platelet Rich Plasma injection therapy on his sore left elbow last Monday.

"The shot wasn't very much fun, but it's better than surgery," said Anderson, who initially feared he might need Tommy John Surgery.

Anderson, 23, said he also received the PRP treatment last year, during his second stint on the disabled list but thought rest, combined with the shot, yielded better results. He is also wearing a brace on his left wrist to keep his forearm stable.
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Harden, meanwhile, is being stretched out to return as a starter.

"So far, that's the plan," Harden said. "I'm going to get my work in, get my pitch count up and get the feel."

Harden said he plans to pitch for the River Cats on Monday and then again Saturday.

"It all depends upon how it goes, obviously," he said. "I have to see how sharp my pitches are. Get sharp with my off-speed (pitches) and my fastball."