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.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title

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The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.

Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.

Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.