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Nationals | Dan Haren's velocity down

Washington Nationals SP Dan Haren allowed five runs in four innings Friday, March 15, and lacked life on his fastball. He gave up two home runs in the first inning. "That was just one of those days, man." Haren said. "I felt like I was throwing a weighted ball out there. It was just bad, all the way around. As I went along it was a little bit better, but my first couple starts were far and away better than this. I just, I don't know if it's dead arm or I don't even know what that is. I just didn't feel great." He has ranged from 88 to 91 mph with his fastball this spring but was clocked at 84-87 mph Friday. Haren felt worn down and said his body was achy.

Fantasy Tip: Back and hip issues were mostly to blame for Haren's uncharacteristic 2012, but his velocity was already on decline before that. This outing could very well be attributed to "dead arm," but with diminished velocity, Haren will have similar rough outings if he's unable to spot the ball where he wants to.

2013-03-15 14:49:49 | Source: The Washington Post - Adam Kilgore

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