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.

Watch: Shohei Ohtani strikes out his first spring training batter

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Sure, spring training games don’t count toward anything “real,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Angels’ star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani mowing down his first big league competitors.

On Saturday, Ohtani took the mound against the Brewers for his first official outing in an Angels uniform. After allowing a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, the 23-year-old righty settled down and issued a three-pitch strikeout to Nate Orf, his first of the spring.

It wasn’t the cleanest inning for the right-hander: the Brewers plated their first run on a walk, wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. Ohtani didn’t let things unravel further, however, and induced a pop-up for the second out before catching Brett Phillips looking on a called strike three to end the inning.

While the two-way phenom only lasted another two batters (a Keon Broxton dinger finished him off in the second), he’s already started to look like a formidable presence on the mound. Time will tell whether he can deliver at the plate as well — rumor has it he could feature in the Angels’ lineup as soon as Monday.