Bronson Arroyo has been in the big leagues since the time when many players had barely been born. In that entire 15 year career, he had never been placed on the disabled list until now.
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Monday that Arroyo had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his pitching elbow. According to Scott Bordow of azcentral.com:
It’s the first time in Arroyo’s 19-year career, spanning 369 starts, that he has landed on the DL.
The Diamondbacks called up outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno to take Arroyo’s place on the roster.
General Manager Kevin Towers said he didn’t have the results of an MRI exam that Arroyo underwent earlier Monday but added that he hopes Arroyo (7-4, 4.08 ERA) can return by the All-Star break.
Arroyo is not your average pitcher in so many ways. He kicks his leg straight in the air like no other pitcher during his windup. He is a musician. He once wore corn rows. And in terms of baseball in the year 2014, he typically brings a durability rarely seen from starting pitchers.
That makes this a tough blow for the Diamondbacks during a season in which nothing has gone according to plan. This off-season they signed Arroyo to a two-year, $23.5 million deal to supplement what they thought would be a playoff-worthy rotation. Instead their rotation has been injured and ineffective, with this being the latest blow.
While the Diamondbacks likely stalled on this decision as long as they could, they will take their time in working Arroyo back so that this injury does not linger. Given the state of the franchise, after all, what’s the rush?