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Harden to make third rehab start Monday

Harden to make third rehab start Monday

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have reached a decision on pitcher Rich Harden.

Harden will once again draw a starting assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City, as he'll pitch Monday against Memphis.

Harden has already made two rehab starts with the RedHawks since going on the disabled list with a gluteal strain.

Harden was in Arlington on Friday throwing in the bullpen prior to the Rangers' game against the Angels, but manager Ron Washington said it was only to give pitching coach Mike Maddux a chance to look at him.

"Throwing the ball well. The results don't look too good," Washington said of Harden's two starts in Triple-A. "Mike and [bullpen coach Andy] Hawkins had a chance to throw a bullpen with him today. ... I haven't had a chance to find out how they feel."

Harden's last start for the RedHawks didn't provide him with a great stat line, but he was pleased with his performance nonetheless. He gave up six runs on seven hits in just five innings of work, but struck out nine. Of his five innings, three of them were scoreless.

"Last one I felt great," Harden said. "I threw 88 pitches with four balls up in the zone. They were just aggressive, hacking at anything. I'm good."

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