Bronson Arroyo could have dropped the term “carpal tunnel” every few sentences as an excuse for his poor pitching of late. He did anything but. However, Arroyo couldn’t offer any insight to what’s been behind his recent slide after another rough night during a 6-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Arroyo mentioned the other day to reporters that he was contemplating off-season surgery to repair the injury to his right hand/wrist.
“My hand is fine,” said Arroyo, who was given a cortisone injection to treat the injury in April. “It’s been pretty good all year. I have to fight it on a daily basis but today it was real good compared to some other starts. … I’m having a hard time getting into a groove.”
Check out these numbers: Arroyo leads the NL with 20 home runs allowed. He gave up 29 all of last year. In June, he is 1-4 with a 6.81 ERA in six starts. Over 33 innings this month, Arroyo has given up 43 hits and 25 earned runs, including his previous outing in Toronto when he gave up seven runs and eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.
The Reds had little chance against Dan Haren. Until Jay Bruce lined a two-out single in the fifth off Haren to break up the no-hitter, no Reds hitter got a ball out of the infield.
By the way, Bruce saved a run with another perfect throw from right field when the game was still scoreless. In the second, he absolutely nailed Chris Young trying to score from second base on a two-out single. Bruce’s throw beat Young by five or six steps. Young didn’t bother to slide. He had no chance at all. That put Bruce into a tie for the Major League lead with nine OF assists this season.
Joey Votto played his first home game since returning from the DL and revealing his personal issues. What was the reception like for Votto when he batted in the bottom of the first? — a polite applause just like it was any other at-bat.
I really thought there would be more than that — especially with all of the interest about the reasons behind his absence during the 22 games he was away. Were people more interested in the intrigue, false rumors and inneuendo than the actual truth about why Votto was out? The truth, I thought, was pretty compelling and it was courageous for Votto to share.
Guess most fans just weren’t that impressed. Too bad.