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Rizzo’s Studying Film to Identify Dan Haren’s Problem

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Staring pitcher Dan Haren #15 of the Washington Nationals returns to the mound after giving up three run home run to Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies to give the Rockies a 5-2 lead in the fifth inning at Coors Field on June 11, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Staring pitcher Dan Haren #15 of the Washington Nationals returns to the mound after giving up three run home run to Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies to give the Rockies a 5-2 lead in the fifth inning at Coors Field on June 11, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Despite getting paid among the league’s elite at $13 million, Dan Haren has performed among the league’s worst for the Nationals, but GM Mike Rizzo insists no injuries are causing repeating poor outings for the back-end starter, and the team is actively working to identify the problem.

“We have to figure out why it falls off so fast, so quickly – if it’s mechanical, if it’s delivery, if it’s mindset,” Rizzo told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny Wednesday. “We have to figure out the reason why you can cruise for four innings like he did, and then hit a wall so quickly and your location changes so dramatically.”

On Tuesday, Haren held a 2-0 Nats lead through four innings in Colorado, before giving up five runs to the Rockies in the fifth.

“We’re watching film of him, where he was in Spring Training, where he was the last couple of seasons, and we’re trying to figure it out,” Rizzo said.

Now with a 4-8 record and 5.70 ERA, Haren finds himself on the wrong end of the league leaders, having given up a whopping 17 home runs through 72 innings pitched, the worst in the league.

“You’ve got to be patient because of his track record and the flashes he’s shown you,” Rizzo said. “It’s one thing to go out there and not be able to get hitters out, it’s another thing to go out there for four innings and be terrific, and then in the fifth inning, can’t get anyone out.”

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