The Washington Nationals are preparing to send struggling starter Dan Haren to the DL. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times tweeted that the news first came from Nats radio man Charlie Slowes, but it was subsequently confirmed by GM Mike Rizzo.
#Nats GM Mike Rizzo confirms that Dan Haren is going to the disabled list.
— Amanda Comak (@acomak) June 23, 2013
There has been no word from the Nationals yet on what Haren's injury is. The right-hander went on the DL for the first time in his career last season with a back problem. Haren is scheduled to start on Friday in New York against the Mets, so the Nats have a few days to make the necessary roster adjustments. He got lit up again last night, this time by the Colorado Rockies, giving up six earned runs on seven hits in just 3 1/3.
Haren, 32, is a three-time All-Star, received Cy Young votes in 2009 and 2011 and has generally been an excellent pitcher during his eleven-year career, but 2013 is a different story. Thus far he has the worst ERA in all of baseball among qualified starters (6.15), has given up the joint most home runs (19) and third most hits per nine (11.5). The Nationals signed him to a one-year contract during the offseason but he has obviously come nowhere near giving them what they expected for $13 million. With no official announcement regarding Haren's specific ailment, there have already been suggestions that this move is based on performance more than injury.
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