Reds starter Bronson Arroyo pitches against the Padres on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
Photo: David Jablonski
Photo: David Jablonski

Former Red Bronson Arroyo significantly tears rotator cuff

Washington Nationals pitcher and former Cincinnati Red Bronson Arroyo is out for the season with a "significantly torn" rotator cuff, according to MASN.

Arroyo told the network Thursday of the injury, which was previously believed to be a torn labrum. The 39-year-old veteran starter is waiting on a comparison MRI, but said "It's not looking real good." He said he will not have surgery to repair the injury and his options are to "rehab or retire."

Arroyo played 15 seasons and has a career 145-131 record with a 4.19 ERA. He missed the 2014 season after Tommy John surgery.

He played a key role as a reliever for the Boston Red Sox on their World Series championship team in 2004. He was traded to the Reds in 2006 for outfielder Wily Mo Pena and was an All-Star that season. In eight seasons with the Reds he was the most dependable starter in the National League, pitching over 199 innings each season. He had double-digit victories six times and was a key factor in the Reds turnaround that began in 2010.

Arroyo was known for his love of music and often played live during his time in Boston. His guitar and singing skills were put to good use in a an advertising campaign for JTM with Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh.

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