Arroyo pitches through the pain

Arroyo pitches through the pain

CINCINNATI -- Bronson Arroyo had a big welt on his left calf and a limp to go with it after his start on Thursday vs. the Cardinals.

St. Louis right fielder Colby Rasmus delivered the pain with a line drive that banged off Arroyo's leg to start the top of the second inning. Arroyo limped around the mound and was checked over by manager Dusty Baker and the training staff before continuing in the game.

Will it be enough to prevent him from making his next start?

"It's probably the worst injury I've ever had being hit," Arroyo said. "I've been hit on the elbow and the kneecap and the back of the shoulder. This one really has me locked up nice. Luckily it's on the land foot. If it was on the right calf, I probably wouldn't have been able to pitch."

Arroyo went on to pitch eight strong innings with one run, four hits and three walks allowed. He got the no-decision in the Reds' 2-1 win.

"I've been hit a lot harder in other places that didn't bother me a whole lot," Arroyo said. "This one is killing me. It got me right in the belly of the calf. It's got my foot locked up. It doesn't want to move. It feels like a charlie-horse cramp. As the game went on, it was getting tighter and tighter."

Arroyo's next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Marlins in Florida. He has never missed a start over his entire big league career. He will be using the time between games to get treatment.

"I made it through the game," Arroyo said. "I don't know how the next few days are going to be. I think it's going to be tough."