Nationals' Bronson Arroyo confirms torn rotator cuff

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 3:49 p.m. EST

VIERA, Fla. (AP) Washington Nationals right-hander Bronson Arroyo says he has a ''significantly torn'' right rotator cuff, but he's not ready to call off his comeback attempt at 39 just yet.

Arroyo has not pitched since June 14, 2014 because of Tommy John surgery. He was scratched from his start Wednesday because of a sore shoulder. The 15-year veteran says he is not going to have surgery and will either rehabilitate the injury or retire.

Arroyo, a 2006 All-Star with Cincinnati, signed a minor league deal with the Nationals in January. He was competing for a spot at the back of the rotation.

Arroyo says he has not been fully heathy since the surgery. He had been hoping his shoulder would improve as he built his arm strength. Instead, his last outing on March 10 could be the final pitches of his career.