Do we care about Dan Haren any longer? He hasn’t officially picked up his 2015 team option yet, and he has until a few days after the World Series to do so. Most assume he willl, because, hey, $10 million to pitch close to home. Yes, please? Anyway, we’re operating under the assumption that he’ll be back, and doctors are operating on his shoulder:
RHP Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left non-throwing shoulder this morning. Expected to be back to start Spring Training.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 22, 2014
Fortunately, that is indeed his non-throwing shoulder, and a quick look at his injury history shows that he’s never had surgery before, at least not as a pro. He had some back stiffness in 2012 and a shoulder issue in 2013, but that’s about it. So, something to keep in mind, I suppose, as we keep an eye on players this winter. And if Haren does unexpectedly decline his option and retire? Well, forget I said anything.