NEW YORK -- Dan Haren came out of his Saturday bullpen session "really well" and is tentatively scheduled to make a rehab appearance for Class A Inland Empire on Monday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said prior to Sunday's series finale against the Yankees.
Haren was placed on the DL with a stiff lower back on July 5, but has successfully completed two bullpen sessions and, if all goes well, looks primed to miss only one turn through the rotation.
The Angels will have to fill Haren's spot on Tuesday -- probably with Garrett Richards -- but barring a setback, he could be ready to pitch next Sunday against the Rangers. For now, though, the Angels will take it one step at a time. Scioscia said the rehab appearance would be "Monday or Tuesday," but Monday is the most logical day.
"If he threw a [bullpen session], he's ready to pitch two days later," Scioscia said. "It seems like that's the case, but you don't want to lock a guy in. You want his body to tell you when he's ready. So, we're anticipating Monday, but we'll see."
Haren experienced some uncharacteristic struggles through this season's first half, posting a 4.86 ERA through 17 starts before revealing he had been dealing with back pain since the start of the regular season. His health could go a long way in determining how active the Angels are in trade talks for another starter this month.
Haren will pitch no more than four or five innings in his rehab appearance, throwing 60-70 pitches max.
"We're taking it one step at a time," Scioscia said. "I don't think we need to project [how many rehab outings he'll need]. He's going to tell us how he feels. His performance will tell us exactly where he is -- how the pitches are coming out of his hand, how he's executing his pitches and things like that."