GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Last spring, when given the option to start on Opening Day for the Reds, Bronson Arroyo passed because he preferred not to pitch amidst the usual hoopla. He also felt Aaron Harang should get the start for the fifth straight time. Harang was the team's most tenured player at the time.
Now that Harang is with the Padres, Arroyo is the senior member of the entire team. The club has not asked Arroyo to take the ball yet for the March 31 opener vs. the Brewers at Great American Ball Park, but he would be open to it this year.
"If they ask me, I won't turn it down," Arroyo said on Wednesday. "But if they said they were on the fence between me and someone else, I'd say, 'Do whatever you want.' I really don't care."
Arroyo was 17-10 with a 3.88 ERA in 33 starts last season and has pitched at least 200 innings in all five of his seasons with Cincinnati. He is 70-60 with a 3.97 ERA over 169 starts with the Reds.
"Whatever they need me to do, I will do," Arroyo said. "If they want to give me the ball on Day 1, I will do that."