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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Minnesota Twins are being patient with Rich Harden, who is trying to win a job with the team after shoulder surgery cost him last season.
A power pitcher, Harden is trying to revive his career following the operation on his rotator cuff on Jan. 31, 2012. He's with the Twins on a minor league contract.
After going 10-2 for Oakland and the Chicago Cubs in 2008, when he struck out 181 batters in 148 innings, Harden was 9-9 for the Cubs in 2009, 5-5 for Texas in 2010 and 4-4 for Oakland in 2011.
Harden started light throwing last July and progressed to throwing off a mound in November. He was not part of the group of healthy pitchers throwing batting practice Monday.