True story: My wife and I share a birthday. Same exact date, three hours apart to the minute.
Wednesday was our birthday. We didn’t get to spend the day together last year. This year, a simple dinner would do. So I told my editor months ago that I was booking a three-night stay at the Winter Meetings hotel, then taking off Wednesday night. Play it by ear Thursday.
I pulled out of San Diego with the Jimmy Rollins trade still simmering, not looking like it would be resolved Wednesday, and Dee Gordon and Dan Haren firmly about to become Marlins. Checked with sources, felt good about the story, filed it at a Starbucks in Temecula, barely caught wind of the Brandon McCarthy signing before I turned off my iPhone. Because no good husband would constantly check his iPhone looking at sports news or doing work stuff during the birthday dinner.
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Dan Haren matched Zack Greinke for the team lead with 32 starts in 2014. (Associated Press photo)
Dan Haren has exercised his $10 million player option to pitch for the Dodgers in 2015. The decision comes as no surprise, and ensures that the Dodgers’ top four starters will return barring any trades. Continue reading →
Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren matched Zack Greinke for the team lead with 32 starts in 2014. (Associated Press photo)
Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder this morning in a procedure performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers announced.
The 30-minute procedure was to clean out bursitis and the AC joint. He will start his rehab in about one week and is expected to be ready for competition at the start of spring training.
Haren, 34, went 13-11 with a 4.02 earned-run average in 32 starts last season. The right-hander was on the roster but did not make a start in the Dodgers’ NLDS loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. By pitching 186 innings, Haren triggered a player option for the 2015 season. He hasn’t formally exercised the contract option yet.
Hyun-Jin Ryu emerged from his simulated game Wednesday without any setbacks, and the left-hander will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series. Right-hander Dan Haren will start Game 4, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday. Continue reading →
CHICAGO >> The Dodgers still haven’t decided who will start Sunday’s series finale at Wrigley Field, manager Don Mattingly said.
“It’s either going to be Danny (Haren) or a bullpen day,” he said.
Mattingly maintained that he’ll wait until Saturday’s game is over to determine who pitches Sunday.
Sunday’s game plan in turn affects the plan for Monday’s home game against the San Francisco Giants. For what it’s worth, Haren has a career ERA of 5.86 at Wrigley Field (five starts) compared to a 3.48 ERA at Dodger Stadium (22 starts).