Los Angeles Angels placed Dan Haren on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his 10-year career on Thursday because of stiffness in his lower back.
The club made the move two days after the three-time All-Star finally acknowledged his back has been bothering him since spring training.
''There's definitely a lot of inflammation and it was just causing the stiffness that I've got to try to knock out,'' Haren said. ''It's not really even a pain-management thing, as much as it is just getting back to physically throwing the way that I've thrown for however many years in the big leagues. So rather than keep going out there at about 70 percent or so, I thought it was good timing for me to take a step back and try to get back to 100 percent for the stretch run.
''The pain that I had was manageable,'' he added. ''It was almost like my mind was telling me `yes' and my body was telling me `no.' I didn't really lead on that it was maybe bugging me in one start or another because I ...