The Arizona Diamondbacks looked like they might have caught another bad break yesterday when veteran starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo reported tenderness in his pitching elbow after being taken out of the game. Thankfully for them it sounds like the injury is nothing serious.
According to Nick Piecoro of AZ Central, Arroyo said that it was just usual soreness that occurs over the course of the season and that he does not expect to miss his next start.
“I don’t know if it was my elbow, but something in my body wasn’t feeling too good. I’m 37 years old and sometimes you’re beat up out on the mound…
“…From time to time, my body doesn’t want to go no more and you have to drag it out there. We’re banged up all the time, man. That’s just the way it is. I made every start for 19 years and people think you feel good all the time, and the truth is you don’t feel good most of the time…
“…I’ll be fine. I’ll make my next start. But there are just some times when your shoulder is beat up, your elbow is beat up, your back is beat up …”
It has been touch and go for Arroyo through 10 starts this season: he has gone 4-3 with a 4.15 ERA. He has surrendered seven home runs and has had to work through the challenges that come with a 5.0 K/9 mark. It hasn’t helped that the Diamondbacks have gotten off to such a lousy start this season.
It is one thing to have a veteran innings eater if you are a contender. How much sense it makes for the Diamondbacks at this point, for $23.5 million over two seasons, might be debatable.