Cincinnati Reds’ starting pitcher Aaron Harang had an emergency appendectomy and will miss the rest of the 2009 MLB season.
Harang woke Saturday morning in Pittsburgh with pain near is abdomen. He was examined later that afternoon and driven by team clubhouse manager Rick Stowe back to Cincinnati, where the surgery was performed at The Good Samaritan Hospital.
The 31-year-old Harang will be restricted from strenuous physical activity for three weeks, but manager Dusty Baker said the surgery was successful.
Harang was to be the Reds' starter Wednesday in Milwaukee. Baker had not made a decision on who will start in his place.
Behind a promising young lineup, the Reds had hopes of at least being competitive this season. They went into the All-Star break with a chance to possibly win the Wild Card with a solid showing in the second half, but instead Cincinnati has compiled one of the worst records since that point.
The Reds are now 20 games below .500, have lost 8 of their last 10 games and are 18.5 back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. With that, oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL have made the Reds a whopping 500/1 long shots to win the 2009 World Series. They’re also 250/1 to win the NLCS.
Posted: 8/23/09 5:20PM ET