The dreams of a perfect season are officially over for Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren. The righty suffered his first loss of the year on Wednesday — giving up three runs and seven hits to the Washington Nationals.
But one measly loss is the least of Haren’s problems, as he verified to Dodgers reporter Alanna Rizzo that he deals with discomfort not just on the mound, but 24 hours a day.
Asked whether he was feeling discomfort on the mound by @alannarizzo, Dan Haren said, "I feel discomfort 24 hours a day pretty much."
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) May 7, 2014
ESPNLA’s Mark Saxon also noted that Haren’s been dealing with more back soreness than usual:
Dan Haren admitted his back was more sore than normal, but said he feels some discomfort 24 hours a day, seven days a week
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) May 7, 2014
Back problems are no stranger to Haren — he dealt with lower back stiffness in 2011 and was placed on the 15-day disabled list in 2012 for the same issue. Feeling discomfort for an entire day is never a good sign, and factoring in Haren's prior history of back ailments, this is definitely worth monitoring.
Haren has enjoyed a bounce-back season thus far, sporting a 2.68 ERA while inducing ground balls at an impressive 52.2 percent clip (the highest of his career).
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