Bronson Arroyo can scrap those retirement plans for now. Maybe.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Arroyo had a significant tear in his rotator cuff -- an injury that likely would have ended the 39-year-old right-hander's career. But hold on just a second:
Great news on Bronson Arroyo, per source. Doctor misread MRI. Rotator cuff OK. Issue is bursa sac inflammation. Will be down 7 to 10 days.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 18, 2016
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But hold on again. The Nationals issued this statement Friday night, according to The Washington Post: "We compared the MRI from Arizona with our MRI and we're going to sit with Bronson [on Saturday] and map out a protocol for what happened. The report that was out there was inconsistent with what our reports are. The report out there is not consistent with what our team doctors are saying."
At issue is the fact that Arroyo claims the initial diagnosis came from a "non-baseball doctor":
Arroyo said first reading was by non-baseball doc. And he still felt strength in some positions but pain in shoulder in others.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) March 19, 2016
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Arroyo -- famous for his high leg kick -- never has been a pitcher who relies on velocity, but 84 mph is a few ticks below normal even for him.
Arroyo missed the entire 2015 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. In 14 starts with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014, he went 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA before being shut down with the elbow injury. Arroyo signed a free-agent deal with the Nationals in January, reuniting him with Dusty Baker (his former manager with the Cincinnati Reds)
In his 15-year major-league career, he is 154-131 with a 4.19 ERA.