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SnakeBytes, 6/17: Arroyo's arm edition

Bronson Arroyo finally admitted what we could all tell from his last couple of starts, and has hit the disabled list for the first time. Kirk Gibson got ejected last night, and Pete Rose still wants back into baseball.

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[AZCentral] Diamondbacks falter late in loss to Brewers - It looked like it would be a short night for McCarthy. After cruising through the first inning he gave up two runs in the second inning, one in the third and the damage would have been much worse if not for the Diamondbacks turning two double plays, one started by 1B Paul Goldschmidt and the second on a diving catch by RF Gerardo Parra. Ramirez then scorched a line drive to right center, but Parra, venturing to his right, made a diving catch and then doubled Braun off second base. If the ball drops, the Brewers have a 5-3 lead and McCarthy might have been on the ropes.

[] Bullpen provides no relief for D-backs vs. Brewers - McCarthy has often set down the opposing team's offense in short order his first time through the lineup before struggling in the middle innings. On Monday the opposite was true. "You'd like to take over a game right from the beginning, whether it's get a couple of runs or just shut it down all the way through," McCarthy said. "Whatever it is, you just want to be part of the team winning, and that's the most difficult thing about this."

[ArizonaSports] Brewers go wild on Diamondbacks' Harris, Putz "The intention of the replay rule is outstanding and it's been great," said Gibson, before commenting on the non-overturned call in the ninth inning that led to his eighth career ejection after arguing with crew chief Ted Barrett. "I don't know who was there in New York looking at it. It was clear and convincing on our scoreboard that (Elian Herrera's) foot came off (the third base bag) and his back foot was not on there, and (Prado) had the tag on his helmet. It's something that I think needs to be talked about because that should not be missed, in my opinion."

[FOX Sports] Brewers pound D-backs bullpen - McCarthy gave the Diamondbacks a chance, shaking off his own early troubles to go seven innings. He helped himself out, too, slashing a two-run single in the second inning. Arizona's bullpen, which has been solid recently, couldn't hold it. Harris gave up the three runs with two outs in the ninth and the Brewers added three more runs after the replay, sending Arizona to its fifth loss in six games. "We had it set up pretty good right there, but it didn't work out," Gibson said. "Two outs and to score all those runs, it didn't work out the way it wanted to."

Team news (Arroyo section)

[FOX Sports] Elbow pain sends Arroyo to DL for first time in career - He was unable to do his side work before his last two starts, and he told pitching coach Mike Harkey while warming up Sunday that he knew it would be his last start for awhile. The MRI showed "a lot of stuff in there from pitching a lot of years," Arroyo said. "There is a ton of swelling. It looks like a little bit of arthritis and several things... It's getting to where you are closing down the movement to the degree where every time I throw my arm doesn't want to straighten out. Just the straightening out is constantly irritating it. I've pitched like that for awhile."

[] Elbow strain sends Arroyo to DL for first time - "I've been beat up for a while," Arroyo said. "I've pitched the last six times pretty miserable out there, just trying to make it happen with a bit of guts and some mental ability. It's the first time I'm going to be shut down. We're going to take 10 days, not touch a ball, see how the arm reacts. We're going to try to get all the swelling out, let it calm down completely and not irritate it for 10 days. Then probably give it another 10 to 15 to 20 days to try to fire it back up and see if it acts differently. And if it acts the same, then we're going to have to try something different."

[AZCentral] Arroyo goes on DL as Diamondbacks lose another arm - "I can't keep going out there and putting different inflammatory (medicines) in my body and beating myself down because I can just see the arm is going south," he said. "If it would have stayed the same as it was five to six starts ago I could deal with the pain, but it continues to get more swollen. I'm waking up every day not being able to touch a ball for two to three days."

Team news (everything else section)

[AZ Central] Bradley notches 3 strikeouts in rehab start - "I felt good," he said. "The biggest thing is my health and how I felt mechanically. Those two things came out well. As I got past that first inning, and in the second and third, I felt like I started to come into where I normally am. As much as I hate being on the DL, I'm going to use it to my advantage the best I can. I'm leaving here with a much-improved change-up and a two-seam. Those are two things I didn't have before."

[ArizonaSports] Luis Gonzalez: Diamondbacks need Mark Trumbo back 'desperately' - "He was brought in here to protect Goldschmidt and to be the stabilization behind him and to provide that security for him," Gonzalez told Bickley and Marotta. Before he went down with a broken foot on Apr. 21, Trumbo was hitting .210 with seven home runs and 19 RBI. Without his bat in the lineup, Gonzalez said it has become more difficult for Goldschmidt to find success. Er, except that, on Apr. 21, Goldie had a .914 OPS. Since then, without Trumbo's "protection", Goldschmidt has a .956 OPS.

[] Osprey roster tweaked ahead of season opener - The D-Backs announced Monday that catcher B.J. Lopez was assigned to the Osprey ahead of the O's season opener in Helena. Lopez joins the Osprey from Class A South Bend out of the Midwest League. In an unrelated move, right-handed pitcher Eric Brooks was transferred to Class AAA Reno, where me makes his first career Pacific Coast League roster. One presumes this is in preparation for calling up an Aces starter to replace Arroyo.

And, elsewhere...

[] Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, an anachronism who was ahead of his time, passes away at 54 - There are a million tributes to Gwynn, for understandable reasons. But I particularly liked this one, which gives you an idea of how he revolutionized the game in many ways.

[ESPN] Pete Rose hasn't given up on seeing his lifetime ban lifted - On the day that Pete Rose made his return to managing in a one-day stint with the independent Bridgeport Bluefish, 25 years after he last managed the Cincinnati Reds, MLB's career hits leader said he remains optimistic that his lifetime ban for betting on baseball will one day be lifted. "I've waited 25 years, but I've done so because I was the one who screwed up," Rose told "And if I were given a second chance, I would be the happiest guy in the world."

Finally, this sounds like a set-up for a Cubs joke, but it isn't. We've seen games stopped by bees in Arizona multiple times, but let's just be lucky we don't play in Alaska... Colorado Rockies fans should look away now.