Sprained ankle ends Wise's spring; flexible lineup expected
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
In five innings, Bronson Arroyo gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in his Reds debut.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Bronson Arroyo's career with the Reds launched on Saturday, as did what the pitcher hoped would be only a brief period of adjustment.
His pitching line wasn't spectacular. Facing the Twins, Arroyo completed five innings and gave up six runs (five earned) with seven hits and two walks while striking out three.
The right-hander also admitted to not being in sync yet with his new catcher, Jason LaRue.
"I wasn't pleased with the results, but I felt strong in my first couple of innings," Arroyo said. "Working with Jason will take a few times to get on the same wavelength, as far as pitch selection and how I want to approach getting guys out."
Acquired Monday from Boston for outfielder Wily Mo Pena, Arroyo also got his first bailing out from Cincinnati's high-octane lineup. He left the game down, 6-3, but the Reds belted four home runs and earned an 11-9 victory.
"Tell you what, if they keep doing that all year, I'll be super happy," Arroyo said.
Coming off a 1-2-3 second inning, Arroyo endured a rough third inning. He issued back-to-back one-out walks and, with two outs, allowed Glenn Williams' two-run homer to right field. A long double and an RBI single up the middle followed before he got out of the jam.
Arroyo, who lowered his spring ERA to 9.72 with the outing, said he's had difficulty getting command of his fastball. He was hit hard in his first three starts for Boston before turning in five scoreless innings last Sunday.
The 29-year-old said he'll probably shake off pitch selections from LaRue for a while, but that he's always worked that way with his previous catcher -- Boston All-Star Jason Varitek.
"I shook off Varitek more than anyone in the rotation," Arroyo said. "We'd like to get it down [with LaRue] to where, if I am shaking him off, he knows what the next choice is instead of going through three or four."
Arroyo, who signed a three-year, $11.25 million contract with the Red Sox this past offseason, believed he had gotten over the initial shock of being dealt.
"I'm pretty cool now," he said. "The first few days were definitely rough. Once you get in the game, start playing with the guys, you start getting a little more cohesive and used to everyone around you and how they play, the different personalities and stuff. It'll all come together pretty quick."