The Los Angeles Dodgers have yet to hit the full swing of the off-season, but they’ve nonetheless been busy in recent weeks. With their season coming to an end in St. Louis, the first domino to fall was Josh Beckett announcing his plans to retire.
It was followed by Brian Wilson’s reported intention to exercise his player option for 2015 and later the team hiring Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations. While the Dodgers have not yet been told if Dan Haren will return next season, they announced Wednesday he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder to clean out bursitis and the AC joint.
Haren is expected to make a full recovery in time for Spring Training, which will be with the Dodgers should he exercise his $10 million player option. Haren’s option was a major topic of discussion as he struggled through July but continued to move closer to 180 innings, which triggered the vesting option.
The right-hander ended a five-game skid by going 5-2 in his final 10 regular-season starts. While Haren made the Dodgers’ NLDS roster, he didn’t make an appearance. After naming Clayton Kershaw the starter for Game 4, manager Don Mattingly said Haren would be on standby for Game 3 in the event Hyun-Jin Ryu struggled in his return from injury.
Haren finished the year with a 13-11 record and 4.02 ERA; he reached double-digit victories for the 10th consecutive season. At 34-years-old, next season will be Haren’s 13th in the Majors and second with the Dodgers should he return.
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