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Dusty Baker questions Bronson Arroyo’s health after latest poor start

Jul 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Bronson Arroyo throwing

Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs in six innings yesterday, giving up at least four runs for the six straight start as manager Dusty Baker wondered publicly whether the veteran right-hander is pitching hurt:

I don’t know. We have to discuss it and find out if indeed there is something wrong. Everybody’s a little banged up. We have to discuss it and hopefully he get a truthful answer from Bronson.

Arroyo had mono during spring training and dealt with a back injury earlier this season, but told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’s healthy now. “I feel decent, but I’m just not getting it done.” Instead he spoke about how not being able to “lock teams down” and “giving up way too many homers” is “totally frustrating.”

Arroyo’s strikeout and walk rates are basically identical to last season, when he won 17 games with a 3.88 ERA and was given a three-year, $35 million extension at age 34. However, he’s allowed a league-high 30 homers in 127 innings after serving up a total of 29 homers in 216 innings last year and his average fastball velocity is just 86.8 miles per hour compared to 88.0 mph in 2010.

Maybe he’s pitching through some kind of injury or maybe he’s just a 34-year-old fly-ball pitcher who lost a little velocity that he didn’t really have to spare in the first place. Either way, the Reds can’t feel very good about the decision to sign him to an extension that pays $7 million in 2012, $6.5 million in 2013, and $15 million in deferred payments going all the way to 2021.

  1. acheron2112 - Jul 28, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Baker went on to add, “And nobody knows more about injuring pitchers than I do!”

  2. halladaysbiceps - Jul 28, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Is that Fabio on the mound? He may be lying about his health, but no one can question the beauty of his hair.

  3. cintiphil - Jul 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Lay off of Bronson. The guy is trying to play but just having a bad year. He started the season with mono, and did not fully recover. That is what the Duster is referring to. In addition, Bronson is not getting back in the grove so to speak, and who knows when this may happen. But he is out there every day battling and trying to win. Why the ridicule?

  4. metalhead65 - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    it is now Aug. and dusty is just now figuring out that a guy who came to camp with mono but missed no time and has been hammered in every start since might not be 100 percent physically? how about instead of asking how do you feel you have a dr, examine him and find out if there is actually something wrong? the guy may not be an elite pitcher but he always gave the reds quality innings before this year with the 3-4 starts a year where he got roughed up. but before this year he was the only reds pitcher who you could count on going 7 innings every start. now if he goes 5 with only giving up that many it is a good start. but that does not stop baker from sending him and every other reds pitcher out for 1 more inning where they promptly give up the lead because he is to stupid to see they do not have it anymore. then he brings in the reliever who should have started the inning anyway.

    • cintiphil - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      That’s why we need LaRussa in Cinti.

      • paperlions - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:34 PM

        I’m speechless.

      • metalhead65 - Jul 28, 2011 at 3:32 PM

        if that ever happened my life long allegiance to the reds ends! they can any other manager out there to do a better job than dusty they do not need to resort to the guy who who thinks he invented the game by batting the pitcher 8th.

  5. cintiphil - Jul 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    I would rather be in a winning city, rather than think I know more than a manager with nearly the most winning games in history. Did you see that game today? What a joke. The great pitching staff and great relievers all failed. I can’t really blame the duster, but who put this team together? Walt and Dusty I am sure, made the most important decisions. How about being sweep (4) by the Mets at home? The only solution is to change the guys in charge. We picked up a lot of old talent who can not play every day but can contribute. But now it seems that Rolen is finished for good, you have an infield that is not every day except for 2nd and 1st bases. The OF is only marginal and as much as I like the talent, the combination out there is not going to win a division for you. So what is left? Change the guys in charge, or get more of the same.

    This was supposed to be the Reds year to win it all. Hell, the Pirates are ahead of them, and an injury ridden team like St. Louis is 4 or 5 games up. With a Wainwright pitching, the Reds would stand a chance. This is not to mention a very good Brewers team which I still pick to win the division, way out in front and growing the lead. When they come to town, they are all healthy now, so the Reds had better look out, or they will be 10 games back and 10 games or more below .550! But, you would rather not have LaRussa? Don’t make sense to me.

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