PHOENIX (AP) — Bronson Arroyo had been one of baseball's most reliable pitchers during his 15-year career, fighting off a variety of ailments to take the ball every time his turn came up.
When his arm started to get sore and his velocity dropped, even he couldn't keep going.
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed Arroyo on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis on Monday, ending the right-hander's run of consecutive starts at 369, the second-longest active streak behind the 443 straight starts by Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
"He's had other times in his career when he's been able to overcome things like this, but it wasn't in the cards this time," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.
Arroyo has had a solid career with stops in Pittsburgh, Boston and Cincinnati. This offseason, he signed with the Diamondbacks, who hoped he could provide some stability to the rotation.
The 37-year-old struggled early in the season while trying to regain his strength after injuring his back during spring training, but rounded into form over the past month or so.
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