Bronson Arroyo‘s career appeared all but over earlier this week, as it was widely reported that he had a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Fighting back from Tommy John surgery and attempting to make the rotation with the Washington Nationals, this should have been the final nail in the coffin for Arroyo’s career.
Hold the phones, folks. It appears Steve Harvey was reading the 39-year-old starter’s MRI.
Great news on Bronson Arroyo, per source. Doctor misread MRI. Rotator cuff OK. Issue is bursa sac inflammation. Will be down 7 to 10 days.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 18, 2016
Arroyo’s injury is nowhere near as severe as initially believed. The confusion stems from an initial diagnosis from a non-baseball doctor. A second opinion has given new life to Arroyo’s career, as even he had seemed resigned to the fact that he was facing the end of the professional-baseball road. With a new lease on life, Arroyo will wait for swelling in his shoulder to subside and then re-enter the competition for the final spot in the Nationals’ rotation.
The 15-year-veteran had been battling with Tanner Roark and Joe Ross for a starting gig. Arroyo had a 3.60 ERA in 5.0 innings pitched so far this spring. Ross is coming off a very solid rookie season, and figures to be a lock for a starting role. Roark worked as a starter and reliever last season, and could go either way this season. He pitched to a very solid 2.85 ERA across 31 starts in 2014 and has allowed only one run in nine innings with nine strikeouts in Grapefruit League play. The way these two are pitching now, the brief shutdown Arroyo has to deal with could put him too far behind to make a serious case for the rotation.
Injury or not, Arroyo was facing an uphill climb to make the rotation for the Nationals. Regardless, it appears Arroyo will have a chance to add to his 145 career big-league victories and go out on top. Expect him to pitch for the Nationals at some point later in the year, be it as a long reliever or a spot starter.