Next step for Harden to be determined

Next step for Harden to be determined

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Rich Harden received mixed results in his Wednesday start with Triple-A Oklahoma City, and manager Ron Washington isn't yet sure what his next step will be.

Harden, recovering from a left gluteal strain, struck out nine batters and threw 62 of his 88 pitches for strikes, but he allowed six runs on seven hits -- including two home runs -- in five innings of work.

"He got some balls up, got some balls down, threw some good changeups and threw some bad changeups," Washington said. "I don't exactly know what he looked like last night. I can only go by what the report said and what the linescore looked like. You never know how he got that stuff up."

Washington said he'll decide what Harden's next course of action will be sometime before the weekend. Harden could make another start for Oklahoma City or he could be called up to the Rangers.

"That's something we're going to discuss between now and [Friday]," Washington said. "Then we'll know more. That's not something we've had a chance to sit down and talk about."

Also pitching while on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation is left-hander Derek Holland, who will pitch Friday in Surprise, Ariz.

"We'll send him out after that if everything goes well. He's pitching in a regular game," Washington said.