Right-hander Dan Haren said he underwent treatment, which included a cortisone shot, on his shoulder today as he began his stint on the 15-day disabled list. Haren said he also underwent an MRI that showed only inflammation, and his shoulder was clean otherwise.
Some players might appreciate the time to rest on the DL and get better. Haren is the exact opposite.
“I hate being on the disabled list, absolutely hate it,” Haren said. “I feel just like not part of the team. I want to be out there with the guys. I will be out on the bench and stuff. I will be on the trip to New York. I don’t like it at all. Last year was my first experience ever on it. I didn’t like it then, and I don’t like it now.”
It has been more difficult for Haren to handle the DL stint because he has said from the beginning of the season how important it is for him to contribute to his new team.
“Absolutely, it has really been a roller coaster,” Haren said. “It was really rough in the beginning. I kind of righted the ship there for a while, just trying to get my legs underneath me. It is kind of a broken record. I feel worse about it than anybody. But, being able to go back now and be 100 percent and be out there, hopefully that will be the remedy.”
Haren will rest his shoulder for a couple of days and then play catch on Thursday. Then, on Friday, he says he will “ramp up,” and expects to throw a bullpen session soon after. The downtime also gives him a moment to see why he was having problems keeping batters off the bases.
“I have looked at a lot of stuff,” Haren said. “Like I have said, it is more of just an execution thing. Maybe my arm not feeling 100 percent was affecting me. Baseball is the ultimate game of inches. Missing up on a pitch two inches can really affect you. Hopefully the medicine and the rest will get me feeling better. I was feeling good there for a while, but definitely a little bit banged up the last week or two.”