Taking a day off today before heading to St. Louis in the morning. Word comes out of Wrigley today that the Cubs are shutting Rich Harden down, possibly for the season. There's nothing official on that, so we'll have to wait and see. Harden went 3 innings last night and hasn't gone 6 since Aug. 26. The Cubs say Harden is fine physically but that Tom Gorzelanny will replace him in the rotation, at least for next Monday at Milwaukee and maybe for the next turn in San Francisco. As I've been writing, it's no sure thing the Cubs will offer salary arbitration to Harden this fall, when he becomes a free agent. So we may have seen him fire his last pitch as a Cub.
Harden has had a history of shoulder problems, as you know. One thing the public and media aren't privy to are the medical files. Harden said last night he felt fine. My guess is the Cubs see him as too big a risk to offer arbitration and have him accept and want upward of $10 million.
It also looks like Angel Guzman (triceps) won't be ready until sometime in the St. Louis series.
Got to cut the grass and pack for the trip. I'll be checking back from time to time, and we'll be blogging all weekend from Busch Stadium.