Haren 'on track' to make next start

Haren 'on track' to make next start

ANAHEIM -- Dan Haren hasn't missed a turn since he moved into the Athletics' rotation in 2005, and he doesn't appear likely to end that streak of 190 consecutive starts now in the wake of getting smoked on the right forearm by a line drive in his Angels debut on Monday night against the Red Sox.

"He has some stiffness, but he's feeling a lot better today," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the 29-year-old right-hander, who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday for Joe Saunders and three prospects. "Hopefully, he'll make his next start."

That would be on Saturday against the Rangers, the club the Angels are chasing in the American League West.

"If this is as bad as it's going to feel," Haren said, "it should be fine by Saturday."

Haren said X-rays taken of the forearm "didn't show anything" and that he "should be on track" to face Texas. He was encouraged by his long-toss session as the Angels got ready to face the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Boston took the series opener, pinning the loss on Haren. He departed after getting struck by Kevin Youkilis' liner, having yielded two runs in 4 2/3 innings while striking out eight men. This lifted his season total, D-backs and Angels combined, to 149 K's -- two more than American League leader Jered Weaver was taking to the mound in his duel against old buddy John Lackey on Tuesday night.

"I guess I got lucky," Haren said, having been informed by Dr. Lewis Yocum, the club's team orthopedist and medical director, that the liner missed the bone by about an inch.

Haren indicated that he felt some initial stiffness as he began throwing but it subsided as he went along, adding that he put a little more into it than he normally would the day after a start.