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Dan Haren is going through a “dead arm” phase

Mar 29, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Dan Haren had a sloppy start against the Reds yesterday, allowing two runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings, and afterward revealed that he’s going through a “dead arm” phase.

Haren downplayed the situation by telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he “should be fine” and “it usually lasts about a week or so.” He also described the issue as “your arm feels slow, that’s all it really is.”

His final spring training start is scheduled for Monday against the Dodgers and Haren has already built up his pitch count enough to begin the season. His first regular season start is set for April 7 versus the Royals.

  1. ajcardsfan - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I’ve had a dead arm phase ever since high school, should let up any day now

  2. cur68 - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    So anyone know just what “dead arm” is? Is this nerve, muscle, joint, combo, what?

    • aleskel - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      “dead arm” used to be the catch-all for when a pitcher was hurt (back when they were treated as disposible objects and no one bothered to give them real medical treatment). Now I would imagine it’s general inflamation around the shoulder/neck that pinches on the nerve (I have a herniated disk in my neck that occassionally gives me a “dead” feeling). That’s why they don’t seem to do anything to treat it other than rest, because there’s not much you can do except let the inflammation go down.

      • cur68 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        Ah, ha. Thanks. Its a historical term, then. The treatment & the statement “it usually lasts about a week” doesn’t match up with “Dead Arm Syndrome” which often has a torn labrum associated with it.

  3. dallasstars9 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Is this condition similar to “limp dick?”

  4. natstowngreg - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    As long as the condition is figurative and not literal, Angels fans shouldn’t worry too much.

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