Diamondbacks right hander Bronson Arroyo turned in a solid outing in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday against the Mets, but was removed after six innings due to elbow tenderness. Manager Kirk Gibson said he pinch hit Arroyo after Bronson informed him of the tenderness, but Arroyo made it sound like there was more going on than just elbow problems. Arroyo talked about what happened with azcentral sports: “I don’t know if it was my elbow, but something in my body wasn’t feeling too good,” Arroyo said. “I’m 37 years old and sometimes you’re beat up out on the mound.” Arroyo is 37 years old and eventually everybody’s body starts to give.
Despite saying that he didn’t have good command or good stuff, he still turned in a solid outing giving up one run over six innings partly due to some stellar defense behind him: his mates turned four double plays behind him, taking the hard luck no-decision. Throughout his career Arroyo has been known for his durability. He has never been on the disabled list, or missed a start due to injury in his career. He dealt with back issues in the spring, but he was fine once the regular season started and has been really effective recently.
Arroyo talked about the wear and tear that making every start in a 19 year career has on the body with azcentral sports: “From time to time, my body doesn’t want to go no more and you have to drag it out there,” he said. “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.”
Arroyo is confident he will make his next start: “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 …”