Nationals starting pitcher Dan Haren is going to be placed on the 15-day disabled list, general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters early Sunday (Amanda Comak). No reason for the move was reported. Haren has dealt with hip and back issues in the recent past, but nothing much has been passed along regarding those issues this season.
“There's aches and pains,” Haren said after another bad outing on Saturday, six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings in a loss to Colorado (washingtonpost.com). “Nothing I haven't pitched through in the past. Physically, I'm OK. I've been better; I've been worse. It's still no excuse for what's going on.”
So something happened overnight, Haren wasn't being completely honest, or perhaps the Nats are going to invent an injury to get Haren out of the rotation.
Haren has been awful this season, 4-9 with a 6.15 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He leads the NL in hits, earned runs and home runs allowed.
Ross Ohlendorf would be a good candidate to take Haren's spot in the rotation. In 10 2/3 innings this season, Ohlendorf has a 1.69 ERA. He even pitched 4 2/3 innings Saturday, so he's already lined up with Haren's turn.
Haren, 32, signed a one-year, $13 million deal with Washington this past offseason.