Arroyo diagnosed with mononucleosis

Arroyo diagnosed with mononucleosis

Arroyo diagnosed with mononucleosis
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Bronson Arroyo now knows what he's dealing with -- medically.

Arroyo, who has been bothered by what seemed like flu-like symptoms and a dry cough for over two weeks, got the results from a chest X-ray and blood work that were performed on Thursday. Although valley fever was ruled out, the diagnosis was mononucleosis. The Reds pitcher, via text message, said he still did not expect to miss any starts as a result.

Mono is a viral illness that often leaves those who have it easily fatigued or weak. It can linger for several weeks, even when treated properly.

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In a Minor League game on Thursday, Arroyo threw 87 pitches over 5 2/3 innings. He missed one start this spring and pitched in another game when he was less than 100 percent. He has a 5.14 ERA over four big league spring games.

Originally expected to be Cincinnati's No. 2 starter, last season's 17-game winner has missed time, and other rotation injuries have put his starting spot into a flux.

Arroyo has one more spring start, on Tuesday against the Indians, which is also the day the Reds break camp and head home to Cincinnati.

"I'm going to treat this last start on the 29th like it's the first game of the season for me," Arroyo said Friday morning before his test results came back. "I will pitch 100 percent, and hopefully be feeling good for April."