Stop the presses. Stop the presses!!!
Rich Harden made his first start of the spring, and it was as good as it could get for him, the Cubs and Cubs fans all across the nation. Harden needed just 25 pitches to get through 2 scoreless innings. 17 of the pitches were strikes and he gave up only 2 hits. Harden had this to say about the start: “It’s nice to get that first one out of the way. I feel normal now, like I’m part of the team. I’ve had some injuries in my past, and that the way it is. Even if I’m healthy four years in a row, I’ll still get those questions and people will think about it. I just accept it and deal with it.”
Any which way you look at it, this is a great sign for the Cubs. Harden was the wild card of this rotation. The Cubs have taken it slow with Harden all spring, and hope to get 5 more starts for Harden before the start of the regular season. We’ve said all along that if Harden can make 25 starts for the Cubs this season, they will be in great shape pitching-wise and should be atop the NL Central. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he feels no shoulder discomfort tomorrow or later this week. We’ll keep you posted.