It was a scary moment for Dusty Baker and the Cincinnati Reds‘ team today when Bronson Arroyo took a line drive off his knuckles coming off the bat of the Texas Rangers‘ David Murphy in a 7-2 Rangers win.
The good news, however, is that the X-Rays were negative on Arroyo’s hand and he is scheduled to make his next start in spring training.
Arroyo went five and a third innings and allowed three runs on nine hits and took the loss today. So far this spring, Arroyo is 1-2 with an ERA of 3.71. But again, the stats in spring training that players put up are similar to the points on the T.V. show Whose Line Is It Anyway?: It doesn’t matter, and you shouldn’t worry about it.
Arroyo is going to be considered, as he was last year, as the veteran on this team. While his style of pitching doesn’t necessarily allow him to be an ace or be second in the rotation, Arroyo has found a niche on this Reds’ roster by stepping up and pitching his best baseball when the team needs him the most.
Another thing that the Reds rely on from Arroyo is his experience. For a team that has as young as a core as the Reds do, sometimes they need someone to help get through the grind that is a baseball season and Arroyo has done that. He took the young Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos along with others and has really helped them improve their game, as well as show them what to expect once they reach the playoffs.
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