March 19, 2016

VIERA, Fla. (AP) The Washington Nationals will rest Bronson Arroyo for up to two weeks before beginning rehab on his injured right shoulder.

General manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement on Saturday. He said Arroyo will avoid any throwing or shoulder work for seven days to two weeks. He'll then begin a shoulder strengthening program, followed by a throwing program.

The 39-year-old Arroyo is attempting a comeback after missing all of 2015 following Tommy John surgery and surgery to repair a partly torn rotator cuff. He has not pitched in the majors since June 14, 2014.

Arroyo, a 2006 All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds, signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals in January. The 15-year veteran right-hander has a 145-131 career record with a 4.19 ERA.

''The tendons are extremely inflamed right now,'' Rizzo said. ''That's giving him all the pain in his shoulder. The remainder of the shoulder is essentially normal as (it was) in 2014.''

When Arroyo met with reporters on Friday, he said he was told his rotator cuff was ''significantly torn'' and he would either rehab the injury or retire. He didn't seem optimistic about a return at the time.

''Now that he got that news, I'm sure he'll probably be rejuvenated to work some more,'' Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Saturday.

Earlier this spring, Arroyo revealed he was pitching with a torn rotator cuff in Arizona in 2014 before being told he needed Tommy John surgery.

''He's a tough guy and he's pitched through pain before,'' Rizzo said. ''He's a veteran that knows his body. We're going to rehab him in the best way we can and see if he can help the club down the road somewhere.''

Baker, who managed Arroyo for six seasons in Cincinnati, seemed confident the right-hander will pitch for Washington at some point.

''He's going to have an effect on this team before the season is out,'' Baker said. ''Before this season is out, we're going to need Bronson.''

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