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Arroyo's long MLB career may be over after labrum tear


Arroyo's long MLB career may be over after labrum tear

Bronson Arroyo entered Nationals camp at 38-years-old, over a year-and-a-half removed from Tommy John surgery, hoping to take one last shot at extending his long and eventful MLB career. But a torn labrum in his right shoulder may have brought that comeback bid to a quick and crushing end.

Arroyo was set to make his third start of spring training for the Nationals on Wednesday before becoming a late scratch due to shoulder soreness. Now, as Peter Gammons of MLB Network first reported, it has been revealed Arroyo has an 80 percent tear of his labrum. Arroyo, a 15-year veteran, is almost certainly done as a professional baseball player.

This news comes after Arroyo impressed in his second spring outing. He tossed three perfect innings against the Houston Astros last Thursday. It was an encouraging step for the right-hander, who had not pitched in an MLB or minor league game since June 15, 2014.

Arroyo entered camp with plenty of unknowns. There was no roster spot guaranteed, and certainly no role set in stone.

"This is the first time I’ve been in this position in 12 or 15 years," Arroyo told CSN in February. "You’re used to coming into a ballclub where you’re cemented into that rotation and you’re on a guaranteed contract in spring training. Then it’s kind of easy breezy. It’s kind of full circle. You battle when you’re a 20-year-old kid against some of the older guys and now I am that older guy who’s battling against the young kids."

Arroyo also didn't know if he could still handle the physical grind of pitching.

"I really don’t know if my arm is going to handle the pounding of throwing here every day in these games and that’s what I’m here to do and see if it works out," he said.

If Arroyo is indeed done, it doesn't change much for the Nationals. They already had a full rotation with Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez leading the way. Joe Ross and Tanner Roark - who has been a standout this spring - look like locks for the rotation.

Arroyo's injury does, however, rob them of some experienced depth. It was unclear if Arroyo would accept a trip to the minors, but the potential was there for him as a veteran sixth starter.

If an injury occurs to one of their main starters, they will now likely turn to a relatively unproven commodity. That could be A.J. Cole, Taylor Jordan or top prospect Lucas Giolito. Perhaps the Arroyo news will convince the Nationals to change their thoughts on someone like Blake Treinen, whom Dusty Baker said is being prepared as a reliever in recent comments to reporters.

The Nationals should be fine if Arroyo can't come back from the injury, but it would be an unfortunate end for his career. Arroyo has pitched 15 MLB seasons, five MLB postseasons, won a World Series and a Gold Glove. He played for the Pirates, Red Sox, Reds and Diamondbacks.

It's a tough end, but then again, that's a full MLB career and one he should be proud of.

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.