NOTE: Hernando High graduates Bronson Arroyo (Class of 1995) and Christian Arroyo (Class of 2013) aren’t related, but they’re both playing Major League Baseball this summer. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.
After sitting out both games last weekend, the slumping Christian Arroyo returned to the San Francisco Giants lineup on Monday against the Washington Nationals. He went 1-for-3 with a double, his fifth of the year.
The next night on his 22nd birthday, Arroyo was 1-for-4 with a single while starting at shortstop, before sitting out Wednesday’s series finale.
On Thursday, the rookie Arroyo’s first stint in the big leagues nearly came to a close in a domino effect from Monday’s brawl between Giants reliever Hunter Strickland and Nationals star Bryce Harper.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Arroyo was held off the team charter to Philadelphia on Thursday in anticipation of the appeal of Strickland’s suspension being heard. Had Strickland’s suspension started that night, Arroyo was to be sent down to Triple-A Sacramento so the Giants could call up a reliever to replace Strickland.
Instead, Strickland’s appeal hearing was pushed back until June 13, and Arroyo took a commercial flight to Philadelphia to rejoin the team. He did not play Thursday, then entered Friday’s 10-0 win over the Phillies as a defensive replacement at third base in the eighth inning.
Arroyo, the team’s 2013 first-round draft pick, didn’t get in the game on Saturday, and on Sunday he was optioned back to Sacramento to make room for outfielder Hunter Pence’s return from the disabled list.
Over 34 games, Arroyo hit .192 with three home runs and 14 runs batted in for San Francisco. Given his status as a top prospect, he will assuredly be back with the Giants at some point. Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters on Sunday that the club wanted to give Arroyo the opportunity to play every day.
He’ll return to the River Cats, with whom he was hitting .446 with three homers and 12 RBI in 16 games prior to his promotion. That was his only experience at Triple-A.
The veteran starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo had one of his best starts of the year for the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, though he received a no-decision in a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. He threw six innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out two.
For the 40-year-old Arroyo, it was the third quality start (at least six innings, three runs or less) of the season and his 93 pitches was the his second-highest total of 2017. He threw 95 in a win May 5, while facing Christian Arroyo and the Giants. On the season, Bronson Arroyo is 3-4 with a 6.24 earned run average.
Follow Chris Bernhardt Jr. on Twitter @cpbernhardtjr.