Today’s District Daily features stories on Bronson Arroyo’s recovery from a shoulder injury and Sammy Solis’ success in the Washington Nationals’ bullpen.
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 Ladson discusses the progress of injured right-hander Bronson Arroyo. As Ladson notes, Arroyo is recovering from what once seemed like a career-ending shoulder injury and is looking to begin a rehab assignment in July.
Arroyo suffered partial tears in his rotator cuff tendons during Spring Training. As Ladson notes, the right-hander planned to retire if the injury required surgery. Fortunately for Arroyo, he was able to avoid surgery and has improved with rest and strengthening exercises.
Here’s what Arroyo said about his progress, via Ladson’s article:
"“I guess my shoulder has turned the corner,” Arroyo said. “Now, the shoulder feels pretty good. It’s little less pressure throwing sidearm, but it has been OK throwing over the top. “"
Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s James Wagner discusses how Sammy Solis has excelled in the Nationals’ bullpen while right-hander Matt Belisle — who originally earned the spot during Spring Training — has been on the disabled list.
As Wagner notes, Solis has an impressive 1.93 ERA in 14 innings this season. As of now, it’s unclear if Solis will stay in the ‘pen once Belisle returns. One thing’s for certain, he’s definitely turned some heads with his performance over the last month.
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 improving, eyeing rehab stint in July
WASHINGTON — It looks like Nationals right-hander Bronson Arroyo is far from finished. In early May, he was throwing sidearm because of shoulder issues. Now, he is able to throw from the three-quarter arm slot.
Arroyo’s shoulder feels so good these days that he is pitching in intrasquad games at the Nationals Spring Training complex in Viera, Fla. Entering Saturday’s action, Arroyo already had pitched in two games, throwing a combined five innings without any problems.
During Spring Training, Arroyo had partial tears in his rotator cuff tendons and said he would retire if the injury required surgery. Read full article here.
Sammy Solis excelling in Matt Belisle’s absence; Dusty Baker unhappy with a replay call
CINCINNATI — When right-handed reliever Matt Belisle landed on the disabled list on April 27, the Nationals called up left-handed reliever Sammy Solis, who was throwing well at Class AAA Syracuse. In the majors for over a month now, Solis hasn’t skipped a beat.
Solis has a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings. He has struck out 14 batters but walked eight, a ratio he said he wants to improve. It hasn’t hurt him, though because opponents are hitting .125 against him, which is tied for the lowest in baseball for pitchers with at least 10 innings. Read full article here.