Bronson Arroyo SP ARI 11 Hrs

Bronson Arroyo was lit up by the Mets for nine runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings of a 9-0 loss on Tuesday.

He threw 64 batting practice pitches, basically. It's bad enough that GM Kevin Towers is already feeling buyer's remorse three starts into Arroyo's Arizona career without considering that the rest of the rotation has done their best pitching machine impersonations thus far as well. Arroyo now owns a 9.95 ERA, while the Snakes staff as a whole has posted a 7.71 ERA. This is why Arizona is 4-13 overall, and 1-10 at the launching pad known as Chase Field. This Diamondbacks squad is taking on water, and it'll be interesting to see how Towers decides to go about draining the hull. Either way, even against the Cubs, you want nothing to do with Arroyo even in an All-Bronson league next time out. Make him prove it first.

Bronson Arroyo SP ARI 6 Days

Bronson Arroyo surrendered three runs on six hits over five innings in Wednesday's 7-3 victory over the Giants.

The right-hander allowed a pair of round-trippers -- to Mike Morse and Buster Posey, respectively -- but was able to hang in there for the win because his teammates were busy battering Tim Lincecum all over AT&T Park. Arroyo exits his first two starts, both against San Francisco, with a 1-0 record, 4.82 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He gets the Mets next week.

Bronson Arroyo SP ARI 13 Days

Bronson Arroyo lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his Diamondbacks' debut Thursday, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks.

Arroyo was at 82 pitches, and after a spring training shortened by a back injury, manager Kirk Gibson decided that was enough. The right-hander lasted less than 4 1/3 frames just three times in 32 starts for the Reds last season. He'll try to bounce back next week in a rematch versus the Giants.

Bronson Arroyo SP ARI 18 Days

Bronson Arroyo allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Cubs in his final spring start Saturday.

It was an Arroyo-like stat line, as the right-hander gave up six hits and a walk but limited the damage to just two runs. He leaves spring with a 3.52 ERA in just 7 2/3 official innings of work. After dealing with a bulging disk in his back earlier in spring, the 37-year-old should be ready to go for the regular season.

Bronson Arroyo SP ARI 1 Month

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said that Bronson Arroyo (back) "felt great" during a bullpens session Sunday.

Arroyo has been nursing a bulging disk in his back, but it finally loosened up on him a couple days ago. "He felt great, threw it a little bit extra," Gibson said. "Both fastballs and curveballs." Arroyo will throw three innings and 45 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday and could appear in a minor league game after that. He should be able to avoid the disabled list as long as he doesn't have a setback.

Bronson Arroyo SP ARI 1 Month

Bronson Arroyo (back) remained sore and stiff after playing catch Monday.

"The longer it goes on, the more he gets pushed back," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We'll wait and see. It's been slow." The veteran import has been sidelined with a bulging disk for essentially the entirety of Diamondbacks' camp. Arroyo hopes to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, which would aid in his goal of being ready for the start of the regular season. "It's driving me nuts today to tell you the truth," Arroyo said. "Everybody around here is like no hurry, no hurry, but I've got a time clock in my head, and to me, it's like a time bomb going off if I don't get this thing right." Arizona has to be a little miffed, as Arroyo has never missed a regular-season start due to injury.

Bronson Arroyo SP ARI 1 Month

Bronson Arroyo (back) is hoping to return to Cactus League action on Friday.

Arroyo admitted to not feeling that great while playing catch Saturday but reported improvement Sunday. He was given an epidural for the bulging disc in his back last week and thinks he still has time to get ready for Opening Day. Arroyo inked a two-year deal with the D'Backs in February.

Bronson Arroyo SP ARI 1 Month

Bronson Arroyo has been given an epidural for the bulging disc in his back.

Arroyo won't travel with the Diamondbacks to Australia for their two games on March 22-23, but he expects to be available when the team returns to the states. The veteran right-hander has yet to spend a day on the disabled list in his career, so it would take a significant setback for him to not be ready.

Bronson Arroyo SP ARI 1 Month

Bronson Arroyo has been diagnosed with a bulging disk.

Arroyo was scratched from his turn in the Diamondbacks' Cactus League rotation on Tuesday due to back stiffness and an MRI taken Wednesday showed the injury. The veteran right-hander is hoping to return to action in 7-10 days and should still be fine for the start of the 2014 regular season if he meets that goal. It's a bulging disk, not the much-more-serious herniated disk.

Bronson Arroyo SP ARI 1 Month

Bronson Arroyo has been scratched from his scheduled Tuesday start due to back stiffness.

It would have been his second Cactus League outing. The Diamondbacks aren't too concerned at this point. "I think it's something that he's had before and it's just kind of resolved itself," manager Kirk Gibson said. "That's what we're thinking this is, as well."