Dan Haren took the mound Tuesday for the second time since the All-Star break and still searching for his first win since June 30.
The right-hander once again ran into trouble early as the Pittsburgh Pirates score five runs on him within the first two innings. Haren eventually settled in, which he’s done in other starts where he struggled and at one point retired 11 straight.
However, the Dodgers were unable to generate much offense and Haren suffered his fourth consecutive loss. He’s now 8-8 with a 4.49 ERA this season.
Manager Don Mattingly shuffled the post-All-Star Game rotation so that Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu would all take the ball in the upcoming series against the San Francisco Giants.
With Thursday and Monday being off-days, Mattingly recently alluded to the possibility of skipping over the struggling Haren in his next scheduled start.
After his latest loss, Haren said he would understand whatever direction Mattingly chooses to go in, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
I’ll do anything for the team and if it means I get skipped, I totally understand. I’m not going to march into the office. I’ve got to earn their respect to go back out there.”
While Haren’s latest stretch of games would suggest he may benefit from time off, Mattingly was noncommittal:
It’s not the time to talk about it. He’s kept us in a lot of games. The last couple haven’t been great. Now is not the time to decide Danny’s next start or his future or anything else.”
In his last start before the All-Star Game, Haren said he was “searching” and hoped he’d recapture his early-season form in the second half, as he’d done in years prior.
Should Mattingly opt not to skip the veteran right-hander, his next start would be Wednesday in the second of a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves.
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