Harden strikes out 10 in AAA rehab start

Based on his rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, Rich Harden appears to be ready to rejoin the Rangers.

Harden (strained glute) struck out 10 Memphis Redbirds in six innings and didn't give up any earned runs. He allowed two unearned runs and two hits and walked a batter in a 96-pitch outing.

It was Harden's best showing in four rehab outings. He gave up six runs, all earned, on seven hits and a walk in five innings his previous time out, although he did rack up nine strikeouts.

Harden was 3-3 in 13 starts for the Rangers with a 5.68 ERA before going on the disabled list. If Scott Feldman remains the Rangers' No. 5 starter, as manager Ron Washington indicated Saturday, Harden would be relegated to middle relief duties after he is activated.

In a sidenote, Harden's opposing starting pitcher Monday was the St. Louis Cardinals' Kyle Lohse, who is rehabbing after undergoing forearm surgery in late May.