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Report: Arroyo does not have torn rotator cuff, could throw again in 10 days

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Report: Arroyo does not have torn rotator cuff, could throw again in 10 days

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. 

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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