You build a lot of confidence throwing over 23-hundred innings in 15 big league seasons, but time away from the game can also do a lot to tear it down.
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“If I’m totally honest I’m not sure when I put the pedal to the metal and we get into a game I’m not sure if my arm is going to handle it,” Arroyo said after his first bullpen session on Wednesday. “I haven’t done it successfully since surgery. I know I can go out there and throw one inning, but I’m not a one inning guy…it’s really a science project and we’re figuring it out as we go.”
That science project may give way to some old-fashioned math this spring. Arroyo turns 40 later this month and as excited as he is to get back on the mound, reality is never far away.
“I’ve kind of already gone through the death of my career because they told me last year I was probably done. To be honest with you, if it doesn’t work out this year I will walk out of here with the same smile on my face I have today.”