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Rich Harden refuses to be a pawn in your buy low/sell high scheme

Andy Behrens
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After 11 brilliant innings against the Red Sox (7 H, 1 ER, 15 K), Rich Harden will miss today's scheduled start against Toronto with back soreness.

Whatever trade value he'd built up as a result of his early dominance just vanished -- and don't tell us he had no trade value. In the most recent one-for-one deals involving Harden, he was traded for Hideki Matsui, Manuel Corpas, Miguel Tejada and Josh Beckett.

Today, there's no shopping him.

And there's no DL'ing him.

He's just...there. On your bench. Whimpering.

"Ohhh, my achy lat. Ohhh..."

If you're a fantasy owner who's new to the Rich Harden Experience, welcome. We've all been there.

Chad Gaudin returns from the DL to start tonight's game against the Blue Jays. Justin Duchscherer will miss Wednesday's start with a biceps strain, and a visit to the disabled list seems likely. Triple-A left-hander Greg Smith is expected to replace him, at least for one game. He's not yet in the Y! player pool, and he isn't really a pitcher of interest in mixed leagues.

The A's are saying that Harden will start Saturday's game at Cleveland. But c'mon, that would disprove everything we think we know about him.

These injuries will have roster consequences for Oakland that might also have an A.L.-only impact. Here's a bit of speculation from the San Francisco Chronicle:

The A's will have to make a roster move to activate Gaudin, so Duchscherer might be a candidate for the DL if his biceps strain has not improved significantly. If not, first baseman Dan Johnson is likely to be put on waivers, because he is out of options. A less likely scenario: The team could return Rule 5 draftee Fernando Hernandez to the White Sox. Smith is not on the 40-man roster. It is possible that third baseman Eric Chavez could be placed on the 60-day DL if the team does not expect him back before the end of May, as seems likely.

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