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 Harens final start before the All-Star break.
Haren has been bothered by lower-back stiffness for most of the season, although he insisted it was not the reason for his month long slump during which he has given up 26 earned runs in 27 innings since June 9.
This marks the first time Haren has missed a scheduled start since his days at Pepperdine University. He has made a major-league-leading 254 consecutive starts since his first full season in 2005 and has thrown 215 or more innings for seven seasons in a row, the longest streak in the majors.
He has a 6-8 record this season and a 4.86 ERA, his highest...