Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/4/12

Los Angeles Angels right-hander Dan Haren has been one of the most dependable and rugged starting pitchers in the majors since 2005. No one has made more starts in that time, and he has pitched at least 215 innings each of the past seven seasons, the longest active streak in the majors.

But all those innings might be showing their wear and tear.

Haren finally admitted that a lingering back issue has hampered him all season. He allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday and is now 6-8 with a 4.86 ERA for the season. Over his past five starts, he has allowed 27 runs (26 earned) on 43 hits, including nine home runs, in 27 innings.

After the Angels' 9-5 loss in Cleveland, Haren and manager Mike Scioscia said the 31-year-old right-hander will have his back examined when the Angels return to California later this week. Haren's next start (Sunday) and a potential trip to the disabled list are "up in the air right now," according to Scioscia.

"I would do anything for this team. I'd go out and pitch with a broken arm if I could," Haren said. "But at some point, you're hurting the team rather than helping it.

"I can go out there and pitch no problem -- but at what effectiveness level? ... I'm not going to say I'm 60 percent or 90 percent. I don't know where I'm at, but I have to feel better than I am right now."

In May 2011, Haren had back spasms hit him during a bullpen session between starts. He got eight days off between starts (technically, not a missed start). But that problem did not linger, he said Tuesday. This time, Haren said he tweaked his back during his last start of spring training.

"It's been an ongoing issue all year," he said.

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