Haren exits early in Angels debut

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Dan Haren left his Angels debut in the fifth inning after Boston's Kevin Youkilis hit a line drive back to the mound that hit off his pitching arm.

Haren, acquired by Los Angeles on Sunday in a trade with the Diamondbacks, got two quick outs in the fifth before Youkilis redirected a first-pitch fastball back in the pitcher's direction.

As he began to turn away, the right-hander took the line drive off his forearm. He appeared able to move his right arm freely after the single, but the Angels opted to take out their newest starter after he allowed two runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He also fanned eight and did not walk a batter and took the loss in a 6-3 decision.

The injury was diagnosed as a contusion and he will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

The Angels sent starting pitcher Joe Saunders, reliever Rafael Rodriguez, minor league pitcher Patrick Corbin and a player to be named later to Arizona for the three-time All-Star.

Haren, a California native, was one of the few high-profile arms still available prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and several teams were vying for his services.

The 29-year-old right-hander has struggled this season, however, pitching to a 4.60 earned run average in 21 starts for Arizona, his worst ERA since his 2003 rookie campaign. His strikeouts are still up, having fanned 141 in as many innings against only 29 walks coming into Monday's action.

His 7-8 record with the D'Backs put Haren at 86-70 in 217 games -- 208 starts -- for his career, which includes stints in St. Louis (2003-04), Oakland (2005-07) and Arizona (2008-10). The Diamondbacks acquired Haren in an eight- player trade prior to the 2008 season.


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