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Nationals place Dan Haren on the disabled list

Jun 23, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

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“There’s aches and pains,” Nationals starter Dan Haren told reporters Saturday. “Nothing I haven’t pitched through in the past. Physically, I’m OK.”

But the club’s decision-makers seem to disagree.

According to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, the Nationals are placing Haren on the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander did have back problems earlier this season and that’s likely the injury that will be cited when the transaction is made official. But this reads like more of a phantom thing, designed to get Haren some time off and a couple of starts against minor league competition.

Haren allowed six earned runs over 3 1/3 innings on Saturday against the Rockies and owns a brutal 6.15 ERA through his first 82 innings this season. He signed a one-year, $13 million deal this past winter.


UPDATE, 5:06 PM ET: Haren has a stiff shoulder, reports Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Glad everyone in the Nats organization is on the same page.

    • Old Gator - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      It was the safe thing to do – at the very least, it will keep Jayson Werth from strangling him.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Yes, he certainly has clout, living up to that contract of his et al.

      • sabatimus - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Personally, I think teams often abuse the DL by putting physically healthy players on it when they aren’t performing.

      • ezthinking - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        sabatimus – example?

    • natslady - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Chase Hughes ‏@chasehughesCSN

      #Nats Dan Haren when asked what was sending him to the disabled list, started his answer with this: ‘I don’t know, what’d they say?’ #MLB

      From a human point of view, Haren is very likeable. Never makes excuses, works hard, always speaks to the press, supports his teammates, etc. Several times he’s been stuck with the backup catcher and the B or C lineup (due to injuries and Davey giving guys days off) and he’s never complained.

      I’m sure the Nats have plenty of medical records supporting back/hip/shoulder problems. Still–it IS funny what Haren said. At this stage of the season you could probably justify a DL-stint for at least 75% of every team (and the other 25% just got off the DL).

      • ezthinking - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        The catcher and the lineup aren’t his problem, his shitty pitching is. Shitty pitching is a great sign of injury.

      • dcfan4life - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        Dan Haren has been focussing on throwing strikes. Hence why he has a nice number of strikeouts. Problem is his stuff. Jordan Zimmerman throws tons of strikes too, but his stuff is faster, and has more movement. Haren throws strikes. Big fat juicy strikes, that get pounded. The lineup matters not when you throwing up grapefruits at 90 miles an hour.

  2. 13arod - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Doesn’t davey Johnson want him to play through an injury like he said that Harper had to play through an injury

    • daveeproc - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      He never said that.

  3. sumerduckman - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    And at the same time they can give a couple of their minor league guys a test drive in the bigs.

    • psr179 - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      I would assume it’s going to be Ohelndorf coming out of the pen.

  4. evanwins - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Dan Haren says he’s okay but the Nats put him on the DL.

    Harper says he’s not okay and the Nats want him to come off the DL

    Strasburg was okay last year, but they shut him down anyway.

    That’s some organization they’re running over there…ANd BTW Haren to the DL is a blatant abuse of what the DL is for.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Well, evan, Haren’s unable to get many guys out, so one could argue that unable and disabled are kind of similar.

    • pdowdy83 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      There is a BIG difference between a manager saying he thinks a guy is going on a rehab assignment on Tuesday and the player saying probably Wednesday/Thursday vs “Harper says he’s not okay and the Nats want him to come off the DL”.

  5. richardlee22304 - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    They took Haren behind the woodshed to put him down but only wounded him.

  6. jkaflagg - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Haren had a similar DL stay last season with the Angels…..the back was given as the official reason, but most agree that he needed some time to re-group and hopefully regain his edge. Regrettably, it didn’t happen in Anaheim, and it doesn’t look good in Washington either……

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