Found July 04, 2012 on
Monkey with a Halo:
What a shocker. Dan Haren stunk up the joint... again. Only this time he admitted after the start that his back was bothering him... still.
I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.
All along, the most probable explanation for his poor performance has been recurrence (assuming they ever actually went away) of his lower back pain. Now Danny will be heading back to Anaheim for some tests and likely spending some time on the disabled list.
Avoidable? Perhaps. Maybe if he took a DL stint earlier this could be cleared up already.
Admirable? Sort of. On one hand, you have to appreciate him gutting out the last few weeks since the Angels had Weaver then Williams on the DL. If he had also succumbed to injury, the Halos basically have nobody to come up and take his place. On the other hand, the Angels might've won more games had he gotten himself right instead of pitching like a Triple-A scrub that would've taken his place. It is frustrating, but it is hard to be too mad at him (though the reactions I am seeing on Twitter seem to show that people are trying real hard to prove me wrong).
At least it is all out in the open now and the team can address his potential loss with the trade deadline looming.
Indians 9, Angels 5
- Hey, rain! Knock it off!!! Losing a game like this one is hard enough, but we really could've done without the two lengthy delays in the later innings when the outcome was more or less already decided. Why you gotta rub it in?
- Yeah, I think Mike Trout's finger is just fine, but thanks for asking.
- When did Aybar get his average up to .265? Was this in the news? That's, like, kinda sorta respectable or some junk. Oh, his OBP is still under .300? And his wOBA is a Wellsian .286? Never mind then.
- Jokes aside, even though they lost this game, you have to admire the resiliency of the lineup. To battle back from that early four-run deficit to take the lead was something that was unfathomable back in April, but now it is something they do with relative ease. I actually found myself almost expecting it. Heck, I even called Mike Trout's home run while Hester was still up. OK, I called it to myself, in my own head, but you'll have to take my word for it. Even after the Tribe took the lead back, I still very much thought the Halos could comeback and win. As my grandfather would say, "this team's got gumption!" Actually, that isn't exactly what my grandfather would say, his version would likely include some sort of racial epitheth. He wasn't a very nice man.
Next time, Dan, just tell us when you have a boo-boo.
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Dan Haren admitted to reporters after his recent poor outing on Tuesday that he has been suffering from back pain. Haren is in the midst of his worst season in the Majors, with a 6-7 record and 4.53 ERA. He lasted just four and a third innings against the Indians on Tuesday, while giving up six earned runs on nine hits.
Haren is set to be examined when the team returns to Los Angeles...
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By Scott Stedman - AngelsWin.com Minor League Reporter
Angels fans are clamoring for some starting pitching help after Ervin Santana and Dan Haren have struggled mightily. Now, with Haren admitting to a back problem that will likely put him on the disabled list...
After Jered Weaver demonstrated once again his dominance at Progressive Field, now it's Dan Haren's turn to do the same.
The struggling Haren brings in the third-lowest ERA among pitchers with at least five starts at the Cleveland stadium as the Los Angeles Angels continue a three-game set against the Indians on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles (45-35) opened this series Monday...
Angels All-Star center fielder Mike Trout has been scratched from the starting lineup because of a bruised right pinky.
Trout, who entered Monday's game leading the AL with a .339 average, hurt his finger diving back to second base in Sunday's game at Toronto. Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said the rookie had trouble gripping the bat during early batting practice and...
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is scheduled to sit out Monday's game because of a sore right pinkie finger. It's the first time he hasn't started a game since May 7. Trout jammed the pinkie while sliding headfirst into second base on Sunday. He hit a home run later in the game, but his finger was sore Monday. Trout, 20, is listed as day to day, and manager...
The July 3rd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles ...
ANAHEIM, Calif. Angels pitcher Dan Haren prided himself on his resiliency and his ability to make all his starts, but it finally caught up with him Thursday when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The Angels recalled right-hander Kevin Jepsen from Triple-A Salt Lake, although they will probably need to make another move to find a starter for Sunday, which would have been...
Los Angeles Angels right-hander Dan Haren is on the disabled list for the first time in his career with lower-back stiffness.
The Angels made the move Thursday, two days after Haren finally acknowledged his back has been bothering him since spring training.
Los Angeles also recalled right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen.
Haren is 6-8 with a 4.86 ERA, and the three-time All-Star has...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jered Weaver carried a shutout into the eighth inning, squirming out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.
Weaver (9-1) allowed five singles, struck out two and remained unbeaten in Cleveland. He's 5-0 with 1.52 ERA in eight career starts at Progressive Field. Scott Downs...
This just in – Angels starter Jered Weaver is good at baseball. This also just in – the Indians offense struggles from time to time.
Sometimes you sit back and watch a game and have to just chalk it up to being dominated by a great pitcher. That was certainly the case last night as Weaver completely befuddled the Tribe for six innings. But in the seventh, with the Indians trailing...
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (45-36) @ Cleveland Indians (41-39)
Pitching Probables: LAA -- Ervin Santana (4-8, 5.12 ERA) CLE – Derek Lowe (7-6, 4.42 ERA)
Game Info: 4:05 PM PT; TV - FSN; Radio - KLAA 830Watching Ervin Santana throw after Dan Haren has become nearly unbearable. The Cleveland...
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