Bronson Arroyo aims to return Friday from back injury

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Bronson Arroyo was diagnosed last week with a bulging disk in his back, which threatened to steer him to his first-ever 15-day disabled list stint. But recent workouts have it looking like a minor blip.

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the veteran right-hander felt “way better” Sunday in Diamondbacks camp after testing his back with a game of catch on Saturday afternoon. He hopes to return to Cactus League action this coming Friday.

Arroyo, who signed a two-year, $23.5 million free agent contract with the Diamondbacks in early February, allowed one earned run over three steady innings two weeks ago in his Cactus League debut.

The 37-year-old had a 3.79 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 202 innings last season with the Reds.

Patrick Corbin and Trevor Cahill are starting for the Diamondbacks in Australia.

Report: Mets have discussed Ian Kinsler trade with Tigers

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Jon Morosi reports that the Mets have had preliminary trade discussions with the Tigers concerning veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Kinsler, 35, had the worst season of his career in 2017, finishing with a .236/.313/.412 triple-slash line along with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances. He did, however, have a .244 BABIP, which is 42 points below his career average, so the Mets — and any other interested team — would be banking on a rebound season in 2018.

Kinsler’s 2018 option, worth $10 million, vested when he took his 600th plate appearance in 2017. He can become a free agent after the season.

The Mets need a second baseman or a third baseman and they will use Asdrubal Cabrera at whatever position isn’t addressed. In this case, Cabrera would be the everyday third baseman if the Mets were to acquire Kinsler.