- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

MESA, ARIZ. (AP) - The Chicago Cubs have scratched right-hander Rich Harden from his scheduled start against the San Diego Padres.

The Cubs say Harden has a stomach illness. They called up right-hander Mitch Atkins from their minor league camp to start in place of Harden.

The 27-year-old Harden has been brought along slowly this spring because of his history of shoulder problems. He has no record and a 5.79 ERA in two spring starts.

Harden is scheduled to start the fourth game of the regular season for the Cubs.

Manager Lou Piniella (pihn-EHL’-ah) says missing Friday’s game should not set Harden back significantly and that he should be able to start a game early next week.



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