Rangers designate Rich Harden, claim pitcher

October, 6, 2010
10/06/10
9:51
PM CT
We interrupt our coverage of the ALDS to say goodbye to disappointing starter Rich Harden.

The Rangers claimed right-handed pitcher Ryan Tucker off waivers from the Florida Marlins on Wednesday. To make room for Tucker on the 40-man roster, the Rangers designated Harden for assignement.

Harden was left off the postseason roster after going 5-5 with a 5.58 ERA in 20 games, including 18 starts. In December, the Rangers signed Harden to a one-year deal that guaranteed him $7.5 million for this season, and he started the year as the club's No. 2 starter.

The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Harden to the minor leagues.

Tucker, 23, appeared in 13 games for the Marlins in 2008, going 2-3 with an 8.27 ERA, then missed most of the 2009 season because of knee and oblique injuries. In 2010, he went 0-5 with a 6.15 ERA in seven games for Triple-A New Orleans. He also played for Class A Jupiter and the Gulf Coast League Marlins this year.

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WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.34 126 163
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .325
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 75
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .882
ERAC. Lewis 5.34
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