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07/27/10 3:29 AM ET
Comebacker cuts short Haren's debut
Angels' newest addition struck by Youkilis liner in fifth frame
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Angels right-hander Dan Haren's first outing with his new club certainly didn't end the way he envisioned on Monday night. Haren exited his debut with the Angels with two outs in the fifth inning after being hit in his right forearm by a line drive from Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis. Haren fell to the ground and was met at the mound by Angels manager Mike Scioscia and trainer Rick Smith before coming out of the game. Haren was handed the loss as the Angels fell, 6-3. The right-hander, who has made at least 33 starts and thrown at least 216 innings each of the last five seasons, is expected to be reevaluated on Tuesday by team physician Lewis Yocum but sounded optimistic after the game. "It's a little sore but nothing throbbing," Haren said. "There's nothing that I'm worried about. Hopefully I'll get a decent night's rest and wake up and it won't be so bad. I'll get some treatment and I'll be out there soon." Scioscia also was cautiously optimistic about Haren but said he'll have to wait to hear more from Yocum on Tuesday after Haren gets X-rays taken. "Sometimes these things heal quickly," Scioscia said. "It doesn't seem like it got much of the bone and just some soft tissue. But we'll let Dr. Yocum and the medical staff make that decision to see what the extent might be." It was a strange occurrence, considering it was Haren's first start with the Angels after being traded from the D-backs on Sunday for left-hander Joe Saunders and three prospects. Haren left the game having allowed two runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks and the Angels trailing, 2-1. He gave up a run in the second keyed by Adrian Beltre's triple off the glove of Torii Hunter in deep center field and another in the third on a homer from David Ortiz. "He was getting ahead of hitters," Scioscia said. "They came out and bunched some hits together, but he really minimized the damage early and then gave up a home run to Ortiz. But other than that he pitched terrific and it's unfortunate his outing was cut short."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.