- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 13, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) - The Cubs have activated right-hander Rich Harden from the disabled list to start against the Minnesota Twins and optioned infielder Bobby Scales to Triple-A Iowa.

The move was announced before the game in Chicago on Saturday.

Harden is 4-2 with a 4.74 ERA. He has not pitched since May 17 because of a midback strain. He went on the DL five days later, when Carlos Zambrano was activated.

Acquired in a trade with Oakland last season, Harden is 45-22 with a 3.33 ERA for his career.

Sending down Scales, batting .241 since his major league debut early last month, leaves the Cubs short a utility player. They decided to keep 13 pitchers for now after playing five extra-inning games this month, including a 2-1 loss to Houston in 13 innings on Thursday.

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