Dan Haren completes bullpen session and will pitch Tuesday; lineups for Angels-Yankees
Dan Haren, scratched from Saturday's scheduled start against the Yankees because of lower-back spasms, completed a 30-pitch bullpen session and did some fielding work Sunday with no discomfort, and the right-hander will start Tuesday night against Tampa Bay.
"When it happened I thought I'd be down for a while because it was pretty painful," said Haren, whose bullpen workout in Kansas City was cut short last Wednesday. "But I felt good. I let it fly the last four or five pitches, and there were no restrictions. I passed all the tests."
Haren has not missed a start since 2005, a span of 214 consecutive games, and because his next start will only be pushed back three days, it will not be considered a "missed start." After undergoing four days of intense treatment and exercises, the veteran right-hander was glad to return to the rotation.
"It was a lot of work being hurt," Haren said. "It's a lot easier being healthy."
The Angels, meanwhile, will close out a three-game series against the Yankees on Sunday at Angel Stadium. Yankees right-hander Bartolo Colon, the former Angels ace who won the 2005 American League Cy Young Award, will oppose Angels right-hander Joel Pineiro.
The Angels lineup: 2B Maicer Izturis, SS Erick Aybar, DH Bobby Abreu, RF Torii Hunter, 3B Alberto Callaspo, LF Howie Kendrick, 1B Mark Trumbo, C Hank Conger, CF Peter Bourjos.
The Yankees lineup: SS Derek Jeter, CF Curtis Granderson, 1B Mark Teixeira, 3B Alex Rodriguez, 2B Robinson Cano, RF Nick Swisher, DH Jorge Posada, LF Brett Gardner, C Francisco Cervelli.
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Angels starting pitcher Dan Haren works against the Red Sox last month in Boston. Credit: Elise Amendola / Associated Press