Dan Haren will likely return to the Nationals’ rotation July 9 at Philadelphia. He threw a 70-pitch simulated game this afternoon at Nationals Park.
Dan Haren is on track to start July 9 in Philly, and he wants to come back with a better variance in velocity. http://t.co/YxiB4aLkE5
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) July 3, 2013
“He threw better than I thought he would,” Manager Davey Johnson said. “There’s not really a lot of adrenaline flowing when you go out there and are throwing at some guys in T-shirts, but he did good.”
A mere day after Haren's ERA sky rocketed to a major-league high 6.15 in his ninth loss of the year, the Nationals placed him on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder June 23. Haren received a cortisone shot two days later and has felt significant improvement in his arm during throwing sessions.
“I’m getting the ball to where I usually do,” Haren said. “Before, the last couple games, I’d always long-toss in between starts and before the game, and it was a struggle to get the ball there. So my arm feels, I guess, moving faster. I think it will help the crispness of all the pitches, and hopefully I can execute better as well.”
Last season Haren went on the disabled list for the first time in his career, and returned with a 3.58 ERA in 13 starts.
Haren is eligible to come off the disabled list July 8, but his turn in the rotation will next surface July 9 against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Taylor Jordan, whom the Nationals summoned from Class AA Harrisburg to replace Haren, will start tomorrow at Nationals Park against the Brewers.
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