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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bronson Arroyo And Reds Back Together Again

Arroyo Pitches Live Batting Practice

Bronson Arroyo threw live batting practice after missing 2 ½  years with elbow and shoulder injuries.  He hasn’t faced live hitters since July 2 of last season, the second of two rehab starts with the Washington Nationals.

Three young players were in the group that he faced; Gabriel Guerrero, Brendon Dixon and Aristides Aquino.  Guerrero is the nephew of former Montreal slugger Vladimir Guerrero and former Reds' infielder Wilton Guerrero.

“When Bronson throws batting practice, it really looks like he is throwing batting practice,” manager Bryan Price said.  “He uses a screen.  Most pitchers don’t.  He throws all fastballs.  He just gets the ball and throws it.  As long as he’s been in the game he has developed a routine that works for him.”

The young hitters faced a pitcher they’ve heard about.

“It’s a neat experience for the young players,” Price said.  “Sometimes you get lost in the moment, you don’t think what it’s like for young hitters to face Bronson Arroyo or Johnny Cueto, guys that have been accomplished as a big league pitcher.   Those guys cost the team some money yesterday, hitting the ball over the fence on field six.  It was a joke.   But facing a guy like Bronson is a hurdle they have to get over.”

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