There is no injury. Not yet anyway. I watched Harang throw last night and I knew exactly what was going on. What baffles me is that I was at a restaurant watching and I know what is wrong but his pitching coach, bullpen coach and oddly enough he himself have no idea. (Tom Glavine has always said YOU should be your own best pitching coach) The reason I know they don't have a clue is because the fix for what is wrong is so simple that it is really a matter of a bullpen session to fix the problem. (Not to mention I keep hearing they can't figure out what the problem is)
Harang is a "down the slope" pitcher. Meaning he walks his way down the mound through his delivery. Every pitcher comes to the same balance point and separation. Just like hitting. Your stance may be different but everyone gets to the same point of balance. Harang has always been deliberate and methodical up and until the point of planting your front foot and throwing your hips. Very effective, especially if you have a good breaking ball. Which Harang does. I saw Majewski go through this same thing when he came over from the Nats. They have a similar release. Not necessarily the same mechanics but similar releases. Maj has NEVER regained his mechanics to date. His arm still drags and he is NEVER on top of his pitches. Granted he was hurt when he got here but it was his mechanics that were the problem to begin with.
So, I am sitting there watching Harang stand straight up throughout his delivery and stay tall during his release. All the while I hear Welsh say "he's looking good". Welsh, who should know better is a real homer just like Grande. I actually laughed out loud. I said to my wife and the guy sitting next to us at P.F. Chang's "All of his pitches are up, his fastball is straight and he is about to get hammered ". Ludwick swung through a ball in the first that he may never miss again in his career. He struck out and gave a false sense of security to all who were watching. He got away with some dangerous high pitches in the first but not so in the second. He certainly didn't "look" good. He got very lucky but anybody that really knows mechanics knew what was going to happen.
His mechanics are so far off that he virtually has no chance of delivering a low strike without a stroke of luck. His body is simply not in a position to get there. I noticed his breaking ball was out of control and his slider was hanging big time. The slider that not only hung but came out out of his hand wild to Molina was very telling. That slider was not intended to be inside. Molina ripped that baby and probably thanked Aaron on the way to first. Before that was the horrible straight fastball that Glaus just absolutely ripped to left. He hit it so hard it barely roatated. Dickerson didn't catch it and I can't blame him. Not a lot of guys sting the ball that way in AAA.
Oddly enough he was able to strike out Piniero twice enabling him to keep 2 bad innings from really getting out of hand. He was so hittable that I saw guys basically coming out of their shoes to take a rip.
What's worse is the injury he suffered is a result of his mechanics being off. Not the other way around. Your brain will find a way to deliver the baseball to the area you want to throw it no matter how fouled up you may be. There is just no guarantee it will be a strike. The more stress you put on a body part in a bad mechanics scenario the greater risk of injury. The forearm really comes into play in Harang's slider and curve. You extend the forearm muscles a bit more with stress on those breaking pitches. If you recall early in the season he went to those pitches a lot when he couldn't locate his fastball. (Due to his mechanics) Not long after, his forearm locked up.
What amazes me even more is that Harang had impeccable mechanics in San Diego during his relief stint. He knew he wasn't going out there trying to throw at 100%. Amazing what happens when you take some pressure off of yourself, slow your mechanics down and just throw. His next start wasn't all that bad but he fell off the wagon soon after.
I honestly do not know why Pole or Harang have not figured it out. I have seen Harang pitch roughly 40 times. Maybe 15 in person. He has ALWAYS had very solid, compact mechanics, great explosion and a nice outstretched release. He's at least 12-18 inches shorter on his stride and stands straight up during his release. This is something you see High School kids do at a camp. These types of mechanics will cause your fastball to be up. Belt to shoulder high. Your change to stay right at belt level, your curve to be short. (58-59) feet. (Like the one he bounced through Hanigan's wicket). Your slider never really gets out of your hand. It's just a spinner or if you can get "around" the ball it will be well out of the zone. So simple to fix but when you don't have the eyes to see it.....
If he stays on this bad track I expect his shoulder will start to hurt soon. His forearm will probably lock up again before that happens. In any event if it's not fixed he could be shelved for months.