Perhaps it was too soon to declare Bronson Arroyo's career over.
After a Wednesday report stating that the Nationals' 39-year-old right hander suffered a possible torn rotator cuff, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted Friday night that there appears to have been a misdiagnosis of the injury.
Great news on Bronson Arroyo, per source. Doctor misread MRI. Rotator cuff OK. Issue is bursa sac inflammation. Will be down 7 to 10 days.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 18, 2016
Before this latest twist, Arroyo himself acknowledged on Thursday that if there was indeed a tear, that his 15-year major league career would very likely be over. However, with the news that he could be throwing again within 10 days, his comeback effort could very well be back on track.
Arroyo entered Nats spring training as a complete unknown; he wanted one more shot to pitch in the big leagues after a year-and-a-half away from the game rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. And after two solid showings this spring, there was talk that he could work his way onto the roster.
But even with Arroyo potentially back in the fold, there's still no guarantee he finds a spot. He must battle with the back-end members of the starting rotation like Joe Ross and Tanner Roark — both of whom, by all accounts, have looked solid in their appearances — if he wants a chance to return to his old role from earlier in his career.
This latest development, if true, is still welcome news for a Nats club that is looking for a veteran arm it can turn to in the bullpen or for an occasional spot start.
The Nats are expected to update Arroyo's status soon — and perhaps lay out a possible plan for his return.