Reds, Twins in the lead for Bronson Arroyo

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the field of applicants in the running for Bronson Arroyo’s services has been narrowed down to four teams: the Reds and Twins, and two unnamed teams. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported earlier that the Reds will offer Arroyo a one-year deal. As for the Twins, Heyman notes that they’re still talking with Mike Pelfrey as well.

Despite his reputation as a slop-thrower, Arroyo has been quite effective in recent years, posting a sub-4.00 ERA in four of the past five seasons. He turns 37 years old on February 24, so a multi-year deal is a bit of a risk, though to his credit, he has appeared to get better rather than worse with age.

Carlos Carrasco pitched in game action

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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.

He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.

It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.

However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.