Updates from Tuesday, July 8
But maybe it was a tough break that should’ve come a couple of weeks earlier? Get this, from 98.7FM in Arizona:
“(My elbow) was hurting my last six starts, but I pitched against (Washington Nationals’ Stephen) Strasburg, beat him and got the complete game [on May 13], and I’m pretty sure it (the ligament) must have torn off during that game at some point,” said Arroyo on Monday.
Bronson Arroyo has been attempting to work his way back from a sprained ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow, but on Monday, he decided to put the rehab on hold and announce his decision to opt for Tommy John surgery.
The Arizona Diamondbacks' official Twitter feed confirmed the news:
Bronson Arroyo informs the media that he will undergo Tommy John surgery. We wish him a full and speedy recovery. #Dbacks— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) July 7, 2014
Arroyo, via MLB.com's Steve Gilbert, provided some more details concerning his injury, which sidelined him in the middle of June:
#Dbacks Bronson Arroyo says an MRI last month showed his UCL had completely come off the bone.— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) July 7, 2014
#Dbacks Bronson Arroyo said he made six starts w/UCL torn.— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) July 7, 2014
Jack Magruder of FoxSportsArizona.com noted the possible date the injury occurred:
#Dbacks Arroyo has full tear of UCL. Figures it happened during his complete game against Wash in May.— Jack Magruder (@JackMagruder) July 7, 2014
No one should be questioning Arroyo's toughness. Many 37-year-old pitchers who have 145 wins and over 2,300 innings pitched would likely start discussing retirement at this point, but Arroyo is already talking about a potential comeback:
#Dbacks Bronson Arroyo says he is determined to come back and pitch another couple of years.— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) July 7, 2014
Arroyo has made at least 29 starts and 32 appearances in each of the last 10 MLB seasons, finishing with under 200.0 IP just twice over that span. As Rotoworld's D.J. Short noted, this is just another indication that no one is safe from the dreaded elbow injury:
As for the Diamondbacks, who sit at 37-53 and 13.5 games out in the NL West entering Monday, the rotation remains a mess.
Arroyo and Patrick Corbin are out for the season, Daniel Hudson is out until at least August and Brandon McCarthy was just traded for Vidal Nuno.
Wade Miley, Josh Collmenter, Chase Anderson and Mike Bolsinger will continue to hold down the rotation, while eyes will remain on top prospect Archie Bradley in the minors.
For Arroyo, he'll begin the long process of getting fully healthy so that he can potentially return to the mound once he is recovered.