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July 3, 2012: Dan Haren of the Angels pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians.
Angels pitcher Dan Haren was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with lower-back stiffness. Kevin Jepsen will take his spot on the roster.
It is the first time Haren has been placed on the DL in his 10-year career. The usually durable pitcher has made at least 33 starts in seven seasons. He has also led the league in starts three times.
Following Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, Haren admitted that he has been plagued by a sore lower-back all season.
“I’d do anything for this team,” Haren told the Associated Press. “I’d go out and pitch with a broken arm if I could, but at some point you’re hurting the team rather than helping it. I got to feel better than I am right now.”
In his last five starts Haren, 31, has given up 26 runs in 27 innings. He is currently sporting a 6-8 record and a 4.86 ERA.
Last season, Haren was superb, winning 16 games and posting a 3.17 ERA.
“I’ve never had to work so hard between starts, but that’s what happens when you get older,” Haren said. “At this point, I have to nail down what it is and do something.”