Arroyo appears all right after throw hits his face
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo was hit in the face by a catcher’s throw on a stolen base attempt and exited a spring training game against Texas in Goodyear, Ariz.
Arroyo was struck Saturday. He was checked by a trainer, went to another field and threw for a while. Arroyo said he didn’t expect to miss a start.
Arroyo was hit when Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was trying to throw out Drew Robinson at second base. Arroyo stayed on his feet and talked to Reds trainer Steve Bauman for several minutes before leaving.
Arroyo, 40, was examined in the clubhouse by a doctor and taken by bus to the Reds’ complex a mile from the stadium.
Arroyo is attempting to make a comeback with the Reds after missing 21/2 years with elbow and shoulder injuries. He pitched 12/3 innings in his second Cactus League start before getting hurt.
CARDINALS: During Saturday’s pregame workout in Jupiter, Fla., St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams found himself in a rather unusual place.
Manager Mike Matheny asked Adams, usually a first baseman, to go to a practice diamond with St. Louis outfielders to listen to tips from former Cardinals great Willie McGee.
“He’ll be on the back fields working there today — just having conversations and learning the nuances of it,” Matheny said before the Cardinals’ 5-4 loss to the New York Mets.
Such an experience would have been hard to imagine before Adams’s offseason conditioning and nutrition program helped him lose 30 pounds.
Reporting to camp at 240 pounds, Adams immediately noticed a difference at first base — one that translates well into outfield play.
“I feel like the first step is way quicker than what it used to be — even at first base,” Adams said.
Adams hit 15 home runs and batted .288 in 2014 when he started 132 games at first for the Cardinals. That’s the lone year the five-year veteran started as many 70 major league games. Last season, Adams hit a careerhigh 16 homers but batted .249 in 297 plate appearances.
YANKEES: New York would gladly take a week like this from its rotation during the regular season.
CC Sabathia started out with three hitless innings before Baltimore caught up with him in the fourth in the Orioles’ 5-4 victory in Tampa.
A day earlier, Masahiro Tanaka pitched into the fifth on what turned into a combined no-hitter against Detroit. On Wednesday, Michael Pineda threw five perfect innings against the Phillies.
“I think it’s going to be pretty good,” Sabathia said of the rotation. “I think we’re going to surprise some people. Obviously, we’ve got the talent.”
Sabathia was in control until Pedro Alvarez hit an RBI single and Chris Johnson connected for a two-run homer. The big lefty struck out five and walked one.
TIGERS: Detroit outfielder J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot making a shoestring catch and is expected to be sidelined for several days.
X-rays were negative. Martinez left the Tigers’ complex in Lakeland, Fla., in a protective boot for precautionary purposes.
“We’ll see about it tomorrow,” he told reporters. “I know as much about it as you guys do. It’s good that I’m able to move on it.”