Arroyo, Willis on track to make next starts

Arroyo, Willis on track to make next starts

WASHINGTON -- The Reds received encouraging news Tuesday that two pitchers injured during their previous starts -- Bronson Arroyo and Dontrelle Willis -- would be able to make their next outings.

Arroyo, who injured his left Achilles tendon covering first base on Friday vs. the Padres, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and reported no issues after being very sore on Saturday and Sunday. He is slated to start on Thursday vs. the Nationals.

"I felt, surprisingly, real good," Arroyo said after returning from the bullpen. "I'm ready to roll today. I'm good. I just threw a regular bullpen, 45 pitches. It was a little shorter than I have been but not because of my ankle. It was because it's getting late in the year and hot."

Willis, who came out of Sunday's start vs. San Diego during the third inning with a sore left forearm, underwent a MRI exam on Monday. The test came back as normal. He should be OK to start on Saturday at Pittsburgh.

"We have to see when he throws his 'pen in a couple of days," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "This time of the year, there's almost something wrong with everybody."