CINCINNATI -- Aaron Harang appeared to have made it safely through the first test of his strained right forearm. One day after throwing at a distance of 70 feet, the Reds starting pitcher reported no soreness. "I feel different because I hadn't thrown in two weeks," Harang said on Wednesday. "It's normal stiffness from starting to throw again, but nothing in my forearm." Wednesday was the first day Harang was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list, but there was no chance that would happen. The process towards his activation has been a deliberate one.
Shut down from throwing since his arm stiffened up following his July 8 start vs. the Cubs, Harang was limited to cardio fitness activities until Tuesday. Every day, he does an hour on the treadmill and another hour on a bike. The Reds medical staff ruled out a ligament or tendon injury and said Harang's injury was muscular. "They wanted to make sure it was all gone before I did throw," Harang said of the forearm stiffness. "I was still a little tentative yesterday starting to throw just because I was making sure there wasn't something there. Once I realized there wasn't anything there, I started letting it go more and it felt good." Harang, a 16-game winner the past two seasons, was already having a tough year before being injured. He is 3-11 with a 4.76 ERA in 20 games. It is not known when Harang will throw again, or if a rehab assignment in the Minors will be needed. The right-hander didn't even know if he would be making the next road trip with the club, which starts on Monday. "It's all going to be day to day. I can't give you any answers," Harang said. "It's all going to go on how it feels. We're going to keep working on it, stretching it out and strengthening it up. "It's driving me crazy right now. I want to be back out there but I just have to make sure this is 100 percent so this doesn't flare back up and shut me back down again. We're making sure everything is ready to go so I can finish out the season strong."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.