He was was of the most durable pitchers in the game over his 15-year career, but now it looks like Bronson Arroyo will have to give in and go under the knife.
The former Red Sox hurler suffered a serious elbow injury in May while pitching for the Diamondbacks when an MRI revealed a ligament in his elbow had torn away from the bone. But Arroyo continued to grind it out for six more starts. Now the veteran righthander is slated to undergo Tommy John surgery within the next week or so.
"I wanted to see if I could pitch on it without the ligament, because a few guys have done it," Arroyo said on Monday. "Most of the guys were bullpen guys, so it was going to be tough to do. I fired it up the last three days, and I could throw 120 feet and I could probably go out there and pitch, but it just won't come back fast enough. So I'd have to pitch every 10 days and take nine days to get it healthy. It just wasn't going to work."
The 32-year-old Arroyo has thrown at least 199 innings per season between 2005-13. In 14 starts this year, Arroyo is 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA. Arroyo joins Patrick Corbin and reliever David Hernandez on Arizona's list of pitchers to have Tommy John surgery.
In March 2006, the Red Sox traded Arroyo to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Wily Mo Pena. The free-swinging Pena batted .271 with 16 home runs for the Sox before being shipped off to the Nationals in August 2007.
Arroyo signed a two-year, $23.5 million deal with the D-Backs as a free agent this past offseason. In eight years with the Reds, Arroyo was 105-94 with a 4.19 ERA.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.