Reds starter Bronson Arroyo entered Tuesday night’s start against the Orioles not having won a game since June 15, 2014. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss all of 2015. He battled more elbow soreness in ’16, but was able to latch on for a second stint with the Reds on a minor league contract coming into 2017.
Against the Orioles, Arroyo gave up three runs on five hits and a pair of walks with four strikeouts in five innings of work. As the Reds scored all of their nine runs in the first three innings, he had plenty of breathing room. Four of those runs came on an Adam Duvall grand slam. Arroyo won, giving him his first victory in nearly three years — 1,038 days, to be exact.
Despite Tuesday’s win, Arroyo is carrying an 8.40 ERA over his first three starts this season.
Mets minor league outfielder and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was recently promoted from Single-A Columbia to advanced Single-A St. Lucie. Critics suggested that, because Tebow wasn’t exactly lighting up competition with Columbia, the promotion was just about marketing.
Tebow, to his credit, has gotten off to a good start with St. Lucie. In his first at-bat with his new team, he hit a two-run home run, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. The home run came on a 3-1 count against starter Junior Fernandez of the Palm Beach Cardinals. Fernandez is the Cardinals’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.
With Columbia, Tebow was hitting a paltry .220/.311/.336 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 244 plate appearances.
The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that shortstop Aledmys Diaz has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis and infielder Alex Mejia’s contract has been purchased from Memphis.
Diaz, 26, impressed last season when he posted an .879 OPS and finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year balloting. This year has been rough on Diaz, as he’s batting .260/.293/.396 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 288 plate appearances. He’s the second major Cardinals player to get sent down to the minors along with Randal Grichuk.
Diaz was surprised by the demotion. Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch:
Mejia, 26, opened the season with Double-A Springfield but was promoted to Triple-A two weeks ago. With Springfield, he hit .251/.305/.366 in 251 PA. In 42 PA with Memphis, he hit .263/.333/.289.