I went to the doctor and said "Doctor, It hurts when I do this!" The Doctor said "Well the alternative is doing something else, which may hurt more. I say keep doing what you're doing again and again and maybe eventually it won't hurt anymore"
Finally though even Mike Rizzo couldn't ignore what was infront of him. Dan Haren is bad right now. The reason isn't injury, it's apparently mostly age affecting velocity. but you can't go to the DL with that. This is bad news for the Nats, who were relying on Haren to eat innings and at least be decent, but it's worse news for Haren. He isn't just going to rest and come back and be good. He needs to be a different pitcher from here on out. Can he learn to do it? Maybe. Can he learn to do it fast enough to help the Nats? I'll be honest. I doubt it.
For now it's the Ohlendorf show. He's not the best option in the world, but sometimes you get lucky (My favorite example of this, which I'm sure you've seen me quote before is the 2005 Yankees. Struck down by injuries and bad pitching the Yankees had to throw out Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon for 21 games at year's end. They combined for roughly a 3.00 ERA and a 15-3 record. The Yanks won the AL East. Small would be out of baseball before the next season was over)
The offense is still trying to pull itself together, they are almost up to around 4.00 runs a game since the Twins double header! (sounds unimpressive but they weren't much over 3 a game from late April until that doubleheader) But that's still not good enough. They are still waiting on Bryce to put them over that hump.
*Not true. Mike Rizzo and I only discuss the expanding role of women during the Gilded Age when we converse. Which is never.