I have Aaron Harang on my roster and he has been pitching really, really well of late.
He left after 1 Inning tonight versus the Cubbies. Info has been sparse so far, but I found the below copy and paste on the Cincy Nation
website. Link here http://sports.excite.com/news/07282007/v5504.html
to aforementioned article.
>>"I couldn't finish my pitches," said Harang, who felt his back stiffen on his second throw to catcher David Ross before going into the bullpen to warm up before the game. "The pitch to Lee was supposed to be a sinker in, but it stayed flat."
Harang (10-3), who will be reevaluated on Sunday, had won his last five decisions since losing at Cleveland on May 20. Left-hander Mike Gosling replaced him.<<
Also I found this link http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20070728&content_id=2115049&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin
to the official site of the Reds and it gives us a bit more info and quotes.
>>CINCINNATI -- Aaron Harang entered his start on Saturday night against the Cubs ranked first in the National League in strikeouts and second in innings pitched.
Both rankings will most likely take a hit after lower back stiffness drove the Reds ace off the mound after just one (strikeout-less) inning in Cincinnati's 8-1 loss to Chicago at Great American Ball Park.
Harang said the stiffness in his back flattened the action on his pitches and sapped him of much of his movement and velocity. After giving up a one-out, two-run home run to Derrek Lee in the top of the first on a sinker that didn't sink, Harang worked his way out of the frame and headed straight for the home clubhouse.
Harang said he felt the tightness in his back after his second throw during pregame warmups with catcher David Ross, but had hoped to be rid of it after loosening up further.
"I thought it was just something, you know, maybe once I get loose, I'll be able to pitch through it," Harang said. "I started going out in the bullpen, came up here [to the clubhouse], got adjusted really quick before the game. It's one of those things that's better safe than sorry."<<