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Harang ready to start Friday

Harang ready for start vs. Rockies

CHICAGO -- The crick in Aaron Harang's neck had smoothed out just enough by Thursday morning that he pronounced himself ready to make his next start on Friday at Colorado.

"I went to a chiropractor the last two days and was doing a bunch of treatment," Harang said. "It feels like someone has been beating on me.

Harang was originally the Reds' scheduled starter for Thursday's game vs. the Cubs until neck spasms earlier this week forced the delay, and had him change places in the rotation with Josh Fogg.

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In what would be a cautionary tale about hotel stays, Harang probably could do a seminar about picking the right pillow.

"The night before, I was fine and slept with a harder pillow," Harang said. "That night, I had grabbed a softer one. I woke up in the middle of the night jammed up against the headboard."

Not much has gone right for Harang this season. The right-hander, who had won 16 games in each of the previous two seasons, is 3-13 with a 5.59 ERA in 22 games, including 21 starts. Since returning Aug. 9 from a sore forearm that put him on the disabled list for a month, he has gone 0-2 with a 19.64 ERA.

On Wednesday at Wrigley Field, Harang threw in his regular side bullpen session and all was fine. He reported some tightness in his neck but didn't believe it would stop him.

"They were joking that maybe it was better because I am keeping my head on line and not moving it," Harang said. "They said, 'Hey, you're not pulling off the ball as much.' We tried a couple of things out and we'll see if it works mechanically."

Harang does have decent lifetime numbers vs. the Rockies. In five starts, he is 3-2 with a 3.55 ERA and 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA at Coors Field. He has not faced Colorado yet this season.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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