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Bronson Arroyo Injury: Updates on Nationals Pitcher's Shoulder and Recovery

Washington Nationals' Bronson Arroyo pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2016

Bronson Arroyo's bid for a comeback with the Washington Nationals has hit a snag, as the pitcher has suffered a shoulder injury heading into the season.

Continue for updates. 

Rizzo Comments on Arroyo's Injury, Timeline

Saturday, March 19 

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters Arroyo's rotator cuff tendons are partially torn but noted that was consistent with previous MRIs. He continued, saying the pitcher's bursa sac has no issues and that he will be shut down for 10-14 days, with a full rehab likely to last four to six weeks. 

On Thursday, Arroyo previously told reporters that his rotator cuff is "significantly torn," adding that he was waiting for a comparison to his last MRI and noted that it wasn't "looking real good."

"It's either rehab or retire," Arroyo said regarding his options prior to the new diagnosis. 

Injuries Nothing New to Arroyo 

The 39-year-old Arroyo hasn't pitched in the big leagues since June 14, 2014. He underwent Tommy John surgery as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle of the season and sat out all of last year while continuing to rehab. 

Joel Luckhaupt noted Arroyo was the model of durability prior to that injury with 360 consecutive starts made, including at least 32 every year from 2005-13. 

The Nationals do have rotation depth with Tanner Roark and Joe Ross likely slotting in the last two spots. Top prospect Lucas Giolito could also make an impact this season, though he will begin the year in the minors. 

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