Jun 22, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Dan Haren (15) walks off the field after being taken out of the game in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Haren Returns As Nats Head To Philly


It is a day that Nats fans have dreaded, but it is come. Dan Haren is returning from the DL. Before his DL stint, he had a 6.15 ERA, the worst in baseball. He had allowed 19 home runs, the most in baseball at the time. He is 4-9, but coming off two weeks of rest in which he says he worked on his pitches. If he gets hit like he was earlier in the season, all may be lost. The Nationals could be pressed to pursue a starter to replace Haren, even though they have said they are not likely to make any big moves after acquiring Scott Hairston, who will make his team debut tonight on the bench. However, Haren is lucky to have the struggling ex-Nat John Lannan(1-3, 5.15) on the mound for the Phillies. Lannan has started just seven games this season due to injury. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Washington

Denard Span CF

Ian Desmond SS

Bryce Harper LF

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Jayson Werth RF

Adam LaRoche 1B

Anthony Rendon 2B

Wilson Ramos C

Haren RHP

Philadelphia

Ben Revere CF

Jimmy Rollins SS

Chase Utley 2B

Domonic Brown LF

Michael Young 3B

Delmon Young RF

Darin Ruf 1B

Carlos Ruiz C

Lannan LHP

 

 

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