Dodgers “very interested” in free agent starter Bronson Arroyo but won’t go three years

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Free agent starter Bronson Arroyo expressed frustration last week about the lack of legitimate offers he’s been made this winter. But it seems as though his market is now developing rather quickly.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Dodgers are “very interested” in signing the veteran right-hander and that the only hang-up is Arroyo’s desire for a three-year deal. The Diamondbacks are similarly interested; they also won’t go three years.

One of the most durable pitchers in baseball, Arroyo registered a steady 3.79 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 32 starts last year for the Reds. He has totaled more than 199 innings in each of the last nine seasons.

Los Angeles would appear to have a full rotation with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan Haren and Josh Beckett all locked in for 2014, but Haren has battled chronic back issues and Beckett is coming off surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome — the same condition that ended Chris Carpenter’s career.

Jake Arrieta to return to Cubs’ rotation on Thursday

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has been out over two weeks with a strained right hamstring, but he’s ready to return to action. The right-hander threw a bullpen on Tuesday and it went well, so he will start in Thursday’s series opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports.

Arrieta, 31, returns with a 14-9 record, a 3.48 ERA, and a 157/53 K/BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. If he stays on schedule, he’ll make three starts through the end of the regular season, including the regular season finale on October 1 against the Reds.

Arrieta is expected to max out at 75-80 pitches on Thursday and will ramp up through the end of the month.

Cardinals activate Adam Wainwright from the disabled list

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The Cardinals announced ahead of Tuesday’s series opener against the Reds that pitcher Adam Wainwright has been activated from the 10-day disabled list.

Wainwright, 36, has been absent since mid-August due to a right elbow impingement. The Cardinals plan to use him out of the bullpen through the end of the season. Prior to the injury, the right-hander posted a disappointing 5.12 ERA with a 96/44 K/BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings.

Wainwright is under contract for one more year at $19.5 million before becoming eligible for free agency.