Rangers tab Harden for Tuesday start

Rangers tab Harden for Tuesday start

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers, with the off-days they've had this week, are pushing Rich Harden back to Tuesday against the Rays. C.J. Wilson will start on Sunday against the Red Sox and Cliff Lee will start on Monday against the Rays.

If the Rangers had stayed in rotation, Harden's turn would have fallen on Saturday against the Red Sox. But manager Ron Washington said Harden will definitely start on Tuesday.

"With the off-days, we didn't need that fifth spot," Washington said. "But in the next few weeks [with no days off], we'll be in a five-man rotation."

Harden has made two starts since coming off the disabled list. He allowed one run in seven innings in a 2-1 victory over the Angels on July 31 and he allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to the Athletics last Saturday.

"Hey, you know what, with the days off we've had and my last start, I understand," Harden said. "They need a little more consistency and I could use the extra day to throw a couple extra bullpens. I don't like ever being pushed back and missing start dates but I understand the decision at the same time."