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The Chicago Cubs have officially shut down pitcher Rich Harden for the year, which at this point just means his last start will be skipped. According to Harden, it isn’t because of the tear in his shoulder.

Harden, a free agent-to-be, was skipped in his last turn through the rotation because of fatigue after some heavy pitch counts in short starts this month. But he said his right shoulder, which he has had trouble with in the past, feels ”the best it has felt in a long time.”

”I’ve gone through the season with no problem with that,” Harden said. ”It’d be a lot different if we were in [contention] and needed me to pitch; I’d be out there in a second. I’m still healthy and feeling good.” CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.

Three immediate thoughts pop into the head:

1.) If you’re healthy and feeling good, why wouldn’t you start?

2.) Could he be working any harder to not scare potential bidders for him in free agency?

3.) The Cubs must have at least some interest in resigning him, otherwise, why would they sit him?

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