Rich Harden threw yesterday, and apparently things went as well as can be expected.

Spent part of a nice afternoon watching Rich Harden pitch against the Oakland A’s top farm club. He looked pretty good over 4 innings, throwing 63 pitches. The fastball had plenty of pop (about 92 mph) and late movement; we were standing behind the backstop at Fitch Park, which gives you a good look at the pitches. Foul balls from one game, though, often land on the adjacent field, where another game is going on at the same time.

Don’t really care about the speed, but the 63 pitches is great.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Harden’s shoulder is holding up well, and by my count, that puts Harden on track for a mid-April debut.