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A day after Dan Haren got shelled once again in a 7-1 loss to the Rockies, Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty explained how it is likely a mechanical issue for the veteran pitcher that has contributed to his struggles this season.
McCatty thinks past injuries to Haren’s hip and back may have altered his motion, specifically with his arm slot and release. Haren may still be compensating for where he used to feel pain and is coming too far around on his release instead of following through with a forward motion.
McCatty said they have not ruled out an injury, but more will be known on Monday after Haren throws a bullpen session.
“In the past, I know last year he had a little problem with his hip and back. When you have a problem somewhere else, sometimes it transfers to other parts of your body,” McCatty said.