|08-04-2006, 09:57 AM||#1|
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Arroyo To Pitch On 3 Days Rest
Bronson Arroyo possesses a relief pitcher's mindset and a right arm resilient enough to support it.
"I feel like I can muster up enough to pitch every single night if I have to," the Reds pitcher said.
Eager to halt an eight-start winless streak, and craving a shot at the Cardinals next week, Arroyo successfully lobbied Reds manager Jerry Narron and other team officials to get his next start moved up by a day.
He will start Saturday against the Braves on three days' rest. That puts him on schedule to pitch next Thursday in the four-game series finale against the National League Central-leading Cardinals.
Kyle Lohse, acquired from the Twins on Monday, now will make his first start with the Reds on Sunday.
"It says something about competing, wanting to win and doing everything you can to win," Narron said of Arroyo. "He's always had a real resilient arm, can come back real quick."
Arroyo is 0-4 with a 5.02 ERA over his past eight starts. His last win - his ninth of the season - came against the Mets on June 19 at Shea Stadium.
Arroyo's last start was Tuesday when he threw 110 pitches over six innings against the Dodgers.
"Some guys like the extra rest and they feel good," Arroyo said. "But I have a little bit more of a problem with my command and I never have as good of stuff.
"I'd rather pitch on three days' rest than (four). We'll do it this one time."
Arroyo's only other start on short rest came as a rookie with the Pirates on Aug. 1, 2000. Pitching the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium, he allowed two earned runs on four hits over six innings and received a no-decision.
Aaron Harang will start today against the Braves and is in line to pitch Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.
The right-hander pitched on three days' rest earlier this season. He started against the Marlins on April 19, throwing 85 pitches over four innings, and came back with a 120-pitch, complete-game shutout against the Brewers on April 23 at Miller Park.
"It can affect you down the road," Harang said. "It might not show right away. I think it's because you're so used to a routine that you're kind of throwing your routine off. But it definitely varies pitcher by pitcher."
Arroyo will have the standard four days' rest between Saturday's start and the series finale against the Cardinals.
If there are no further changes to the rotation, Elizardo Ramirez would start the first game against St. Louis on Monday followed by Eric Milton on Tuesday, Harang and Arroyo.
Arroyo is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts against St. Louis this season.
A three-game road series against the Phillies and an off day separates the four-game series against the Cardinals next week and a three-game series Aug. 15-17 in St. Louis.
"This is it, man. This is the run to try and win the division," Arroyo said. "Obviously if they beat us two out of three or three out of four, whatever it is for those two series' then we're probably just looking at the wild card. So they're definitely going to be two big series for us."
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|08-04-2006, 12:29 PM||#3|
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Re: Arroyo To Pitch On 3 Days Rest
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