What a shocker. Dan Haren stunk up the joint... again. Only this time he admitted after the start that his back was bothering him... still.
I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.
All along, the most probable explanation for his poor performance has been recurrence (assuming they ever actually went away) of his lower back pain. Now Danny will be heading back to Anaheim for some tests and likely spending some time on the disabled list.
Avoidable? Perhaps. Maybe if he took a DL stint earlier this could be cleared up already.
Admirable? Sort of. On one hand, you have to appreciate him gutting out the last few weeks since the Angels had Weaver then Williams on the DL. If he had also succumbed to injury, the Halos basically have nobody to come up and take his place. On the other hand, the Angels might've won more games had he gotten himself right instead of pitching like a Triple-A scrub that would've taken his place. It is frustrating, but it is hard to be too mad at him (though the reactions I am seeing on Twitter seem to show that people are trying real hard to prove me wrong).
At least it is all out in the open now and the team can address his potential loss with the trade deadline looming.