Reds' Arroyo suffers calf injury in season debut

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arroyo posing.JPGBronson Arroyo had an impressive 2010 debut on Thursday, holding the Cardinals to just one run and four hits over eight innings of work.  He did sustain an injury along the way, though, according to CNATI.com’s C. Trent Rosecrans

The 33-year-old right-hander was nailed in the left calf with a Colby Rasmus comebacker in the top of the second inning.  He pitched through the pain, but acknowledged the injury in a post-game chat with reporters:

“It’s not real good, man. I’ve been hit a lot harder, but in other
places they haven’t hurt as much,” Arroyo said. “It got me right in the
belly of the calf, so it’s got my foot locked up, it doesn’t want to
move.”

He will be reevaluated Friday and the Reds probably won’t make a decision about his next scheduled start until after the weekend.  Arroyo has a 2.01 ERA since July 2009, best in the majors.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.