If Arroyo's last outing against San Diego is any indication, the bullpen may not get the ball at all. The 31-year-old righty was masterful on July 6, baffling Padres' hitters through the full nine innings, scattering three hits and striking out eight in a shutout. He retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced.
Arroyo will look to open the Reds' August with a win following their 19-7 July. Cincinnati bounced back after their streak-snapping loss Monday with a win Tuesday. But even before that win, nobody in the clubhouse seemed too worried.
"We're still on plenty good track. We lost one game and people seem to forget pretty quickly when you win 10 in a row," outfielder Jay Bruce said. "Just got to keep playing good baseball. We're just fine."
The Reds take on a Padres team equally as eager to carry July success over to its first August game. After a 15-11 July, the team's first winning month of the season, San Diego turns to Kip Wells.
The 35-year-old Wells has made seven starts for the Padres this season, three of which were quality outings. One of his best of the season came in his last outing, when the righty allowed just two runs in six innings in Miami.
Padres: Grandal to the DL
Rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, a day after straining his right oblique muscle on a second-inning swing Monday night.
Grandal, who burst onto the scene a month ago with homers from each side of the plate as his first two hits, was hitting .312 with five home runs and 15 RBIs prior to the injury.
Twenty-six-year-old catcher Eddy Rodriguez was called up from Class A Lake Elsinore to take Grandal's place on the 25-man roster, and John Baker will assume primary catching duties until Grandal's return.
The 23-year-old rookie expects that return to happen as soon as his 15 days on the DL are up, and said he felt much better Tuesday than team doctors told him he would.
Reds: Broadcaster Brennaman to shave his head for charity
Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman is a man of his word. Earlier this season, Brennaman said he would shave his head bald if the Reds won 10 straight games in 2012. They did, rattling off a 10-game streak clinched with a win Sunday.
Brennaman was quick to remember his fateful early-season words, calling the final out on Sunday with a twist on his usual winning call.
"And this one belongs to the Reds! Cincinnati has won 10 in a row, and I'm going to shave my head absolutely bald," Brennaman said.
While Brennaman isn't running from his promise, he's also trying to make it count. The Reds announced Tuesday that if fans donate $20,000 or more to the Reds Community Fund, the veteran voice will shave his head on the field at Great American Ball Park after Friday's game with the Pirates. Money from the charity goes to helping more kids in "Reds Country" playing the game.
"I'm taking this opportunity to make good on my promise to shave my head while encouraging fans to make a donation to a charity that is very close to my heart," Brennaman said.
Despite being mentioned in countless trade rumors over the past month, third baseman Chase Headley remains a Padre for the foreseeable future after the club opted not to trade him at the Deadline. Headley is hitting .268 with 52 RBIs and a career-high 12 homers this year.