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05/15/2005 1:41 PM ET
A's place Harden on 15-day DL
Etherton recalled from Triple-A Sacramento
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's today placed right-handed pitcher Rich Harden on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 14 with a strained left oblique muscle. To take his spot on the roster the A's have recalled right-handed pitcher Seth Etherton from Triple-A Sacramento.

Etherton was 1-2 with a 2.76 ERA in six games, five starts, with Sacramento. He ranked eighth in the Pacific Coast League in ERA and had a .205 opponents' batting average. The 28-year old right-hander allowed just two home runs and walked nine while striking out 28 in 32.2 innings. He was on the Sacramento disabled list from April 18 to 26 with a muscle strain in his back and last pitched on May 11 against Oklahoma when he picked up his first win (6.0 ip, 4 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 7 so). Etherton was signed by the A's as a free agent on November 1, 2004 and was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in six games, three starts, with the A's this spring. He made his Major League debut with Anaheim in 2000 and has also pitched in the Majors with Cincinnati in 2003.

Harden was injured in his start Friday night against New York as he left the game with one out in the fourth inning and a 2-0 count on Jorge Posada. He had a 2-3 record in seven starts with the A's, but his 2.80 ERA is fourth-best in the American League. Harden also ranks fourth in the AL with 42 strikeouts. This is the first career stint on the disabled list for the 23-year-old native of Canada.

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