We first heard about the possibility last night and now it’s official: The Diamondbacks have placed Bronson Arroyo on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
Long considered one of the most durable pitchers in the game, Arroyo has never had a stint on the disabled list in his career until now. That’s pretty remarkable when you consider that he has thrown 2,344 2/3 innings over 369 starts and 36 relief appearances in the majors dating back to 2000.
Per MLB.com, Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle has the longest active streak in MLB with 443 starts without a stint on the disabled list. Now that Arroyo is off the board, the Tigers’ Justin Verlander ranks second at 280 starts.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.