Arroyo hasn’t lost in his last 17 starts, the longest active streak in the majors. He allowed four earned runs and six hits in seven innings in his last start, but did not receive a decision in Boston’s 6-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics on May 16.
“I think he’s human, (but) he’s been so good,” manager Terry Francona said. “We got ourselves into situations where we couldn’t get one hit to give ourselves that big inning, or even the lead.”
The following day, Arroyo dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension stemming from a game on April 24 when he hit two Tampa Bay batters with pitches. Boston had an off-day on Thursday and an exhibition game in Cooperstown, N.Y. on Monday, providing a good opportunity for Arroyo to serve his penalty.
“He’s had a couple of side sessions,” said Francona. “If there is a little rust, that’s the way it goes. That’s why you don’t like guys getting suspended.
“I think what you hope is that by the time the year is over, maybe that’s a couple of extra days he’s good for.”
Arroyo will face Toronto rookie starter Gustavo Chacin, who has struggled after a spectacular April. Chacin went 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA in the first month of the season, but is 0-2 with a 5.66 ERA in four starts in May.
He allowed four earned runs and seven hits in five innings of Thursday’s 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
“It’s part of the game,” Chacin said. “The important thing is to keep fighting, keep pitching no matter if you win or lose.”
The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 9-6 in Tuesday’s series opener. Reed Johnson hit two homers, including Toronto’s first game-winning drive of the season, a three-run shot in the ninth.
Gregg Zaun also homered for Toronto, which has won three of its last four games. Zaun was activated from the 15-day DL before the game after being hospitalized earlier in the month with a concussion.