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Bronson Arroyo to undergo Tommy John surgery

Jul 7, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT

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Diamondbacks right-hander Bronson Arroyo recently resumed throwing after he was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow last month, but he told Steve Gilbert of late this afternoon that he will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

With pitchers going down left and right this year, we really shouldn’t be surprised by another pitcher headed for Tommy John surgery at this point, but it’s still striking given Arroyo’s well-documented durability. The 37-year-old averaged 211 innings per season from 2005-2013 and threw at least 199 innings in all of them. He posted a 4.08 ERA in 14 starts with the Diamondbacks prior to landing on the DL for the first time in his career last month. It turns out he made six of them with a torn UCL.

Tommy John surgery typically carries a timetable of around 12 months, so Arroyo figures to be sidelined through midseason next year. He’s owed $9.5 million in 2015 while his contract includes an $11 million club option for 2016 or a $4.5 million buyout.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Use one of his braids to tie it back together.

    • ironcurtin64 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      Hey, what happened to the thumps up/down option? I wanted to give this one a thumps up.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        It’s back for me.

        It was gone for most of the day though. Both on my phone and my computer.

      • happytwinsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        It’s back for me to. Thank God, I was wondering how I’m supposed to know which comments I like and don’t like. Plus now I can still tell when I’m being stupid even though I’m too stupid to know when I’m being stupid.

        Back in the womb of normative guidance we are.

  2. randomdigits - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    No wonder he didn’t want to take the O’s physical.

  3. gbrim - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    12-15 months mean he is effectively done through 2015. Don’t see a guy in his late 30s being on the short end of that recovery time frame.

    If the DBacks didn’t get insurance on his contract, its another brutal Kevin Towers move. Can’t blame KT for the injury, but now they are on the hook for tons of dollars ( ballpark guess–$22 million including the option buyout) for a half season of average pitching. Hope they got insurance, or they will have even less money to commence rebuilding.

  4. Caught Looking - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Snake bitten

  5. stoutfiles - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Reds lucked out, were smart to let him go.

  6. miguelcairo - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    He’ll write a song or two about this experience.

  7. jm91rs - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    I’m pretty shocked given his relatively low velocity. Maybe he’ll come back with a little more speed on his fastball. He’s mostly a junk ball pitcher so he can probably continue pitching in some fashion for a few more years.

    • flamethrower101 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Given that his FB velocity has been fliting with Jamie Moyer territory for a while now, there was really no way for us fans to tell something was wrong looking at the radar gun alone. Still, this just sucks

  8. nsauser - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    6 starts with a torn UCL? Jesus Gibson, you’re already fired. I guess for grit. Unreal.

  9. flamethrower101 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    OK, first off, that sucks for Arroyo. He goes on the DL for the first time in his career and now he could miss the rest of this year AND next year too.

    Second, six starts with an already torn UCL? Um…WTF? Either he didn’t tell them that his elbow was bothering him until someone had the brains to step up and say something, or he did and the Dbacks medical team is just awful and they still made him go back out there. I’d bet more money on the first option, but either way this is another brutal blow for the Dbacks who have had a nightmarish season already.

    • carpi2 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      If he completely blew the ligament, he may not have had a lot of pain. He may have assumed it was just some normal in-season wear and tear.

    • theRed - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:33 AM

      Pretty sure Lackey did the same for the Sox in 2011. Not good, but this isn’t a first by no means.

  10. lennaykekua - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    What are the chances that Tommy John actually had “Tommy John” surgery?! So crZY. Same thing happened with Lou Gehrig. Million and one chance of that ever happening again.

    • thisdamnbox - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:25 AM

      Thumbs down for execution…

  11. doctorrustbelt - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    Get Well, Bunny Arroyo.

    Arroyo is a class act… even though… his pitching suffered in Cincinnati for a couple seasons due to guitar overuse.

  12. theRed - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:36 AM

    You think they would want to do experiments on his arm, seeing how he pitched 2000+ innings straight throwing nothing but off-speed pitches without any arm trouble. Yea, he threw like 84 MPH but that’s still freakin amazing!

    Hope for a good recovery, he’ll be ready for the 2nd half of next season.

  13. pisano - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    What a coincidence, I was listening to Mike Francesca on the Fan yesterday, and he said the Yankees need some veteran pitching and should go out and get someone like Arroyo, thank God they didn’t listen to him. In reality, he did have a point about getting a veteran arm, but you never know, especially with the pitcher when that arm will give out.

  14. dutchman45 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    As a Cincinnati Reds fan always admired he way Bronson handled himself as a professional. Wishing him a speedy recovery and thanks for all your fine pitching for the Reds

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