Rangers push back Harden's next start

Rangers push back Harden's next start

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are pushing Rich Harden back in the rotation.

They aren't sure how far back they're pushing him, but it will be at least one day.

With the way the Rangers' rotation is set up now, Harden's next start falls on Saturday against the Red Sox. But the Rangers are moving Colby Lewis ahead of Harden and he'll pitch on Saturday.

Harden last pitched on Saturday against Oakland with Lewis following him the next day. Now Lewis is going ahead of Harden.

In his last start against the A's, Harden lasted only 2 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on two hits with five walks. His ERA for the season is 5.45.

"I just want to get Colby in there," manager Ron Washington said.

Harden could pitch Sunday or the Rangers could bring C.J. Wilson back on his normal rest. Cliff Lee is scheduled to pitch Monday in the first of a three-game series against the Rays in St. Petersburg, so Harden could get pushed back to Tuesday.