Arroyo close to kicking mono

Having mononucleosis probably isn’t the cats’ pajamas for Bronson Arroyo, but he’s not outwardly appearing all that hindered on the mound.

Despite a couple of jams, Arroyo pitched six very good innings in Saturday’s 6-1 Reds win. He allowed eight hits and no walks and had six strikeouts. He had five of those K’s over the first two innings.

In two starts, Arroyo is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, no walks and 11 strikeouts. Tonight, he was done after six innings and 94 pitches. Without mono, he likely would have gone seven innings. The mono-free days might soon be approaching.

“I will probably be close after the next two starts,” Arroyo said. “I’m able to workout very close to 100 percent now between starts. I’m just not quite as strong as I should be. I can’t throw the ball as hard as I feel like I can. I can really feel it taking batting practice. That’s kind of the measure for me on the strength I have when I’m hitting the ball. I’m not far off but I think it will take a little more time.”

Other notes:

*Joey Votto’s seven-game hitting streak ended as he went 0-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored.

*Scott Rolen has a seven-game hitting streak and nine RBIs overall for the season. He hit his RBI single tonight in the top of the first.

*Paul Janish has a six-game hitting streak and went 2-for-4 after a scoring change. In the ninth, his hit to the shortstop was originally scored an E6.

Quotes:

“Obviously there wasn’t much going on for offensively later. That’s not a discredit to us. That’s a credit to him. He threw the ball well. We’ve faced him three times. He’s thrown the ball well every time. The ball just explodes well out of his hand. He controls the game with his fastball and has a couple of good secondary pitches.” — Scott Rolen on D-Backs starter Daniel Hudson

“He pitched great. He pitched masterfully. There weren’t that many balls hit hard and we got some runs early.” — Dusty Baker on Arroyo

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