Bronson Arroyo, on struggling recently after revealing that he's considering offseason surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome:
I'm fine. I'm fine. I've got no other excuses other than this game isn't easy. I can't change what happened. I'll just take the ball every fifth day and get ready for my next start against Johan Santana and the Mets.
He's clearly not "fine," because at 5.85 his ERA is a full run higher than his previous worst mark and he's 1-5 with a 7.11 ERA and 22/19 K/BB ratio over his last seven starts.
In fact, Arroyo getting his brains beat in start after start and then assuring everyone afterward that the wrist problems aren't to blame brings to mind one of my favorite Adam Carolla rants.
Back when he used to host Loveline and callers would tell some crazy story about getting into trouble, Carolla would ask if they'd been drinking at the time. When asked that question most people will instinctively give a definitive "no" response, but Carolla's point was always that you come across even worse in that case.
In other words, if you're doing crazy, reckless stuff and you're drunk, you at least have some type of excuse. If you're doing all that stuff sober ... well, then you're just an idiot. Arroyo is in the same boat at this point. If he's getting knocked around every time he takes the mound and is injured, he has an excuse. If he's getting clobbered while "fine" ... well, then he's just a horrible pitcher.