Test-driving new sinker, Arroyo stalls out

Test-driving new sinker, Arroyo stalls out

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In his Friday night start against the Padres, Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo had an uncharacteristic outing with five walks allowed. In the 5-2 loss, Arroyo also gave five runs and six hits over four innings, including four runs in the first inning.

"Real unusual," Arroyo said of his outing on Saturday morning. "I've been trying to work on this sinker. It has great movement but I'm having a hard time keeping it around the plate it's moving so much. It's a different grip. It always moves, which is great. But it moves a lot. I'm having a hard time telling myself to throw the ball over the middle of the plate and let it run to the outer half. I'm so used to throwing to the outer half and letting it move a little bit."

The type of sinker Arroyo is trying out -- a one-seam sinker -- is the same one that teammate Mike Leake uses.

Arroyo, who is 1-2 with a 7.62 ERA in four starts this spring as he comes off a rough 2011 season, still felt optimistic about things going forward.

"It definitely didn't help walking that many guys and having guys on base, but I was really happy with the way I felt yesterday," Arroyo said. "I felt strong. My stuff was good like I wanted to be. I was finally able to cut the ball consistently for the first time in a long time. It just felt like a real ballgame.

"I'm happy with the way my body feels. You don't want to give up four in the first inning no matter what, but I feel good about having two more starts here. I'm getting kind of primed for where I need to be during the season."