Ar­royo ap­pears all right af­ter throw hits his face

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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.”

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