Opening Day news you can use
Still raining at the GABP…the tarp is on the field.
Earlier this morning, Bronson Arroyo threw a 40-pitch bullpen session and still wants to pitch on Thursday as originally scheduled. Yesterday, Manager Dusty Baker moved Arroyo back to Sunday and has Micah Owings going on Thursday.
“Trust me, everything is negotiable,” Arroyo said.
As for the session itself, no problems.
“Ask Porky [Lopez] or Dickie Pole what he thought,” Arroyo said “My arm feels great. I usually throw a little bit less but I threw a really hard one just to let them know I’m not full of it when I say my arm feels fine. I’m ready to go. They will let me know.”
Bullpen coach Juan “Porky” Lopez caught Arroyo’s throwing session.
“Bronson threw really good,” Lopez said.
UPDATE: Arroyo is starting on Thursday again. Baker changed his mind.
- It’s never a good sign when a coach walks up to you wearing a surgical mask as a joke like Billy Hatcher did with center fielder Willy Taveras Monday morning. Taveras has the flu and isn’t playing today. Taveras hoped he could come back Wednesday after the off day Tuesday.
“I feel a lot better today so we’ll see. It’s a hard case,” Taveras said.
- Canadian Joey Votto has the quote of the day on today’s weather:
“We play hockey in this weather, not baseball,” Votto said.
First pitch was at 1:23 — 13 minutes behind schedule. Temperature was 37 degrees.
Here is the rotation after Monday:
Wednesday vs NYM, Volquez
Thursday vs NYM, Arroyo
Friday vs Pit, Cueto
Saturday vs Pit, Owings
Sunday vs Pit, Harang