Dan Haren throws in bullpen and is on track for Saturday's start
Newly acquired right-hander Dan Haren, who was knocked out of his Angels' debut by a fifth-inning line drive off the bat of Boston's Kevin Youkilis on Monday night, threw his regular between-starts bullpen workout of 30-35 pitches Wednesday and declared himself fit for Saturday night's scheduled start against Texas.
Haren, acquired from Arizona for pitcher Joe Saunders and three minor league pitchers, suffered a bruise on his right forearm, but X-rays were negative for any serious problems. He said he experienced a bit of tightness at the beginning of Wednesday's workout, but by the end of the session felt no restrictions.
"Barring any setback, I should be ready to go Saturday," Haren said. "I was a little cautious at first, but then I was able to let it go. I threw all my pitches, and I only threw 62 pitches in the game [Monday night], so I feel fresh."
Scott Kazmir, on the disabled list because of shoulder fatigue, also threw a bullpen session Wednesday, the first time the left-hander has thrown off a mound since being sidelined. Kazmir said the 35-pitch session went "fine."
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Dan Haren in the Angels' dugout Tuesday. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire