Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Updated: July 28, 5:19 PM ET
Angels' Haren wants to make next start
By Ramona Shelburne
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- X-rays on Angels pitcher Dan Haren's forearm were negative and the newly acquired right-hander said he "should be on track" to make his next start Saturday against the Texas Rangers.
"As of now, barring any setbacks, I should be good to go," Haren said Wednesday. "It's obviously still bruised and a little tight, but I don't see it being a problem. I'm staying on top of it and getting treatment before, during and after the games. And I'm doing my best to be out there. My arm feels great. I only threw 62 pitches Monday, so I feel real fresh, so I'll have plenty in the tank on Saturday."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it was "encouraging" that Haren was able to throw Tuesday.
"We'll look at Dan again the next couple of days and make sure he's still progressing," Scioscia said. "But it looks like he had no problem manipulating the ball and making all his pitches. So he should be good to go on Saturday."
Haren, who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, had to leave his Angels debut Monday night after being struck on the forearm by a line drive off the bat of Kevin Youkilis.
"It's scary. You don't really even have time to react," Haren said. "It's just kind of instinct. I kind of moved my arm up into the ball. I've had some close ones, but that was about as hard as I've ever been hit. I've gotten hit below the waist quite a few times, but never above. It got me good. Someone said the bat might have been broken -- but it didn't feel like it."
Haren returned to the clubhouse Wednesday morning after spending a day in Arizona to pick up some personal belongings at his home and get in a workout at the team's Tempe training facility.
"I didn't know if there would be any restrictions or anything, so I was a little cautious at first. But I was able to pretty much just let it go," Haren said. "I threw all of my pitches, and by the end, I had no restrictions. So I'm definitely encouraged."
Haren said he elevated his arm overnight and will wear a compression sleeve to help the swelling go down.
The eight-year veteran has made 190 consecutive starts without missing a turn since 2005.
"I guess I got lucky," he said. "Dr. [Lewis] Yocum said that if it had hit an inch lower it would've been on the bone and that wouldn't have been good, obviously.
"But I've never come out of a game in my professional career like I did [Monday]. I was really frustrated, but I guess I got lucky too so I can't be too mad I guess."
Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.