By George Alfano - Special to The Internet Home for Angels Fans, AngelsWin.com
Haren rehab start with Inland Empire 66ers
SAN BERNARDINO, CA -- For the first time since spring training, Dan Haren isn’t worried about a stiff back hindering his pitching.
Haren threw five innings Monday night during a rehabilitation start, throwing 67 pitches and allowing seven hits and two earned runs. Of the pitches, 44 were for strikes. The 6-foot-5 right-hander struck out two and didn’t walk anyone for the Inland Empire 66ers against the Lake Elsinore Storm, leaving the game with a 3-2 lead.
Inland Empire scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to earn a 5-4 victory over the Storm. The 66ers are the Angels’ affiliate in the Advanced Class A California League, while Lake Elsinore is the Cal League affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
“I might feel it a little tomorrow, but I felt good in the fourth and fifth innings,” said Haren, who attended Bishop Amat High School in LaPuente,...