Rich Harden starts Monday; Kirkman up

The Rangers made a couple of roster decisions today, announcing that Rich Harden will get another chance to start on Monday. They've also recalled LHP Michael Kirkman from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned LHP Derek Holland to make room for him.

Harden, who was on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tenditis, is coming off a rehab assignment in Oklahoma City where he allowed three hits and one unearned run in six innings with three walks and 10 strikeouts. He needed 101 pitches to get through those six innings.

Kirkman has spent all of 2010 in Triple-A, going 13-3 with a 3.09 ERA in 131 innings. The 23-year-old lefty (he'll turn 24 next month) was moved to the bullpen on Aug. 13 to prepare for this promotion and is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA since then (he's got nine strikeouts in five relief innings). Kirkman leads the PCL in strikeouts with 130 and has the third-lowest ERA in the league.