Dan Haren is going through a “dead arm” phase

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Dan Haren had a sloppy start against the Reds yesterday, allowing two runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings, and afterward revealed that he’s going through a “dead arm” phase.

Haren downplayed the situation by telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he “should be fine” and “it usually lasts about a week or so.” He also described the issue as “your arm feels slow, that’s all it really is.”

His final spring training start is scheduled for Monday against the Dodgers and Haren has already built up his pitch count enough to begin the season. His first regular season start is set for April 7 versus the Royals.