Is Harden actually hurt?
Today Rich Harden was placed on the 15 day DL retroactive to Monday due to back spasms. Given Harden's injury history some would cringe and others would start complaining about curses, but honestly, who's to say that he is actually hurt?
Hear me out on this...
I think that he probably isn't actually hurt, but instead is getting a little bit of rest as we reach the end of the first quarter of the season. It's a good time for the team to give him a start or two off with Marshall and Wells pitching pretty well. Even though the Cubs have recently lost a few games in a row, it was because of their offense not their pitching.
Putting Harden on the DL also delays any major roster move that may need to be made and gives Hendry an opportunity to try to move Cotts or Heilman. This was probably about the best move the Cubs could have made at this time and I think that it is going to end up being good for them in the long run.
What this may end up doing also is aiding the team in potentially resigning Harden to a one or two year deal at the end of the year for much cheaper than if he stayed healthy all year long. If Harden was able to prove that he was at 100% for an entire season, especially in a career year, he would probably have a ton of potential suitors, but now a lot of teams may stay away. So good move Cubbies! This is probably going to benefit you more than you know!