Rich Harden reinstated from DL

Updated: July 1, 2011, 9:31 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rich Harden was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Friday for his first start with the Oakland Athletics in three years.

Harden, who did not make an appearance during spring training, started the season on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 18.

Oakland made a couple moves before hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. It also recalled right-hander Fautino De Los Santos from Triple-A Sacramento, optioned right-hander Trystan Magnuson to Sacramento and designated left-hander Bobby Cramer for assignment.

Harden was 36-19 with a 3.42 ERA in 97 games, 89 starts, with the A's between 2003-08. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs and went 19-15 with a 4.00 ERA with the Cubs and Texas Rangers before signing with the A's as a free agent during the offseason.

A's manager Bob Melvin announced a one-time six-man rotation to protect Harden. Josh Outman, Gio Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy (currently on the DL with a stress reaction), Trevor Cahill and Guillermo Moscoso will follow the righty.


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