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Dan Haren Scratch Hardly Itches Angels Staff

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 24:  Dan Haren #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics during the game at Angel Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 24: Dan Haren #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics during the game at Angel Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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Angels righty Dan Haren has been scratched from Saturday's start but this is no cause for concern, either for the club's co-ace nor its pitching staff.

Haren tweaked his lower back throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday in Kansas City. He felt fine on Friday, but the club is taking the precaution of holding off his next start until Tuesday and having the rest of the rotation pitch on normal rest. The Thursday off-day on June 2 has allowed the Angels this luxury.

Weekend lineups look like this then:

SATURDAY: Ervin Santana versus Fatman #1 CC Sabathia

SUNDAY: Joel Piñeiro versus Fatman #2 Bartolo Colon

When the Angels face the Rays for a three game series they will present Tyler Chatwood on Monday, a hopefully rested Haren on Tuesday and Jered Weaver on Wednesday. Another Thursday on June 9 gives every pitcher an extra day's rest anyway. No word on the specifics of the injury have been relayed, nor are there any reports on whether Dan's beard has been affected by all this. Stay tuned!