Washington Nationals News: Bronson Arroyo has torn rotator cuff (UPDATE)

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Mar 4, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo (61) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo (61) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Today’s District Daily discusses the severity of Bronson Arroyo‘s shoulder injury and former Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond‘s mindset on a new team and at a new position.

Editor’s Notes: A previous version of this post listed Arroyo’s injury as a torn labrum, according to reports. Arroyo has since confirmed that the injury is, in fact, a torn rotator cuff. An updated article from MLB.com’s Bill Ladson has been added below with the latest details on the injury. 

Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladsong discusses Bronson Arroyo’s shoulder injury. As Ladson writes, Arroyo has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

If true, it looks like Arroyo’s big league comeback with the Nationals may have come to an end. The veteran missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. After the Nationals signed him to a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite, he was expected to compete for a spot on the big league roster.

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In his career, the veteran right-hander is 145-131 with a 4.19 ERA.

Also in today’s Daily, James Wagner of the Washington Post writes about Ian Desmond’s mindset as he adjusts to a new team and a new position.

Desmond, who was the Nationals’ everyday shortstop for seven seasons, left the team via free agency this offseason. He went unsigned for most of the winter until he was finally able to secure a 1-year, $8 million deal with the Rangers.

As Wagner writes in his article, Desmond is at peace with his deal with the Rangers and comfortable with moving to left field — a position he’ll be playing for the first time in 2016.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Arroyo says he has torn rotator cuff

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

VIERA, Fla. — Nationals right-hander Bronson Arroyo said he has a torn rotator cuff and will make a decision in the next couple of days on whether to rehab the shoulder or retire.

But first, the Nationals are going to compare the MRI Arroyo had in 2014 to the one taken on Wednesday to assess the actual damage in the shoulder.

During his pregame meeting with reporters, manager Dusty Baker said that Arroyo had his rotator cuff repaired during the same time he had Tommy John surgery in 2014. Arroyo was in uniform on Thursday and was seen talking to his teammates. Read full article here.

Ian Desmond is at peace with the move to left field — and Texas

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Surrounded by his new teammates, Ian Desmond emerged from the Texas Rangers clubhouse, walked to the nearby practice field, plopped down his bright blue team bag and pulled out a large gray and red Mizuno outfielder’s glove. After playing catch, he jogged out to center field to practice fielding balls skipping on the outfield grass.

Perhaps more jarring than seeing Desmond in a blue uniform was watching him run around left field for flyballs. After six years as the Washington Nationals’ everyday shortstop, Desmond is in the midst of much change. He has a new team — thanks to a one-year, $8 million contract with Texas following an odd and trying free agency — and a new position. Read full article here.

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