PHILADELPHIA -- The day after getting knocked around by the Phillies, Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo returned to Cincinnati to have an MRI exam performed for a sore back. Arroyo gave up nine earned runs and 10 hits over 2 2/3 innings during the Reds' 10-3 loss on Monday. Team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek saw Arroyo on Tuesday and determined the MRI to be negative for a serious issue. He will not have to miss a start. "There's not a whole lot in there," head trainer Paul Lessard said. "So we'll just treat it as a muscle strain and not a muscle spasm."
Arroyo, who has not pitched well in his last couple of outings, is 3-5 with a 5.28 ERA in 10 starts overall this season. He apparently had been bothered for a while with the back stiffness but kept that to himself. "I didn't even know he was not OK, actually, until after the game," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I had asked him in the elevator when we got here Sunday night, 'How are you feeling?' He just said, 'My back is a little stiff.' But you hear that from everybody. You know Bronson doesn't like not pitching. He doesn't like missing a turn. I do wish we had known. We might have switched him to Atlanta." Arroyo is expected to return to Philadelphia on Wednesday and will throw his regular side bullpen session on Thursday. He is scheduled to face the Braves on Saturday. "We just wanted to make sure everything was good before we just kept messing around with it," Lessard said. "It's actually good news."