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Arroyo back on mound following illness

Righty continues quest to make Reds; Herrera, DeSclafani still out
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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo threw in the bullpen Wednesday, marking his first time back on the mound after being out several days with a stomach virus.

Arroyo, a non-roster invitee, is trying to make a comeback after two seasons out of the big leagues due to elbow and shoulder injuries. He does not yet have an assigned day to make his first Cactus League appearance.

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo threw in the bullpen Wednesday, marking his first time back on the mound after being out several days with a stomach virus.

Arroyo, a non-roster invitee, is trying to make a comeback after two seasons out of the big leagues due to elbow and shoulder injuries. He does not yet have an assigned day to make his first Cactus League appearance.

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"Bronson feels strong. He didn't lose a lot of weight. I think he lost three or four pounds due to the illness," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I don't know when that [first game] will be, but after today, it should be probably quite a bit closer and we should be able to earmark a date."

More camp notes from Wednesday

• Starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (right elbow soreness) has yet to resume a throwing program. DeSclafani will be examined Thursday when team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek is back at camp.

• Second baseman Dilson Herrera, who came to camp with some right shoulder soreness, played catch Monday and said he has felt great the past couple days. However, the medical staff has decided not to let Herrera throw again, out of precaution, until he is also seen by Kremchek on Thursday.

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"We decided to hold off until tomorrow when he's here so he could get his hands on him and give him the OK after actually physically seeing him," Price said. "[Herrera] should, I'm hoping, be reinitiating that throwing program Thursday."

• Starting pitcher prospect Nick Travieso, who was dealing with an impingement around his scapula and right shoulder, had a setback Tuesday. Travieso long-tossed up to 120 feet but felt soreness when he attempted to pitch on flat ground. Price said Travieso was given a cortisone injection to get the inflammation out of his biceps tendon, and it will take a few days of rest to see if it worked.

• Non-roster reliever Louis Coleman, who has biceps tendinitis, has not resumed his throwing program yet.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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