GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Finesse pitchers are supposed to be even more effective when worn down -- a condition that adds life to their pitches -- but Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo took that to extremes on Tuesday.

Making his final preseason tuneup days after being diagnosed with mononucleosis, Arroyo stayed sharp for 6 1/3 innings against the Indians, allowing six hits and two runs in Cincinnati's 8-3 getaway victory.

"I felt good. I can't stop coughing, but I feel good," Arroyo, set to start the Reds' third regular-season game, said after his 100-pitch outing. "I'm feeling better every day.

"I didn't have the best command. They hit the ball hard right at some guys, but I got 100 pitches in, and that's what I wanted to do. I'll see how I bounce back tomorrow. It will be a nice little test for me."

If there was a noticeable difference in Arroyo's performance, it was in the manner in which he got most of his outs -- 12 of the 19 were through the air, compared to four on the ground, including a double-play ball to end the sixth. Arroyo got three others via strikeouts.

Normally, Arroyo balances his outs, getting slightly more of them on the ground than through the air (250-216 last season).

"Arroyo looks, feels and acts better every day," said Reds manager Dusty Baker.

Except when having to face Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, who roped homers into the right-field pavilion of Goodyear Ballpark in the first and fifth innings. In their regular-season Interleague meetings, Choo is 6-for-12, with four homers, off Arroyo.

"Choo hits everything I throw," Arroyo said. "I was hoping to face him one more time. I was going to tell him what was coming every pitch and see if he could deal with that."

Worth noting

Players starting off on the 15-day disabled list don't actually have to wait 15 days into the season to be activated, since that status reverts to the day after their last exhibition game appearance, to a maximum of nine days. Thus, Johnny Cueto is eligible to come off the list on April 6, Homer Bailey on April 8, Jose Arredondo on April 9 and Fred Lewis on April 11. ... Although right-hander Jared Burton reported having passed a variety of stress tests after leaving his Monday outing with shoulder discomfort, he will be further examined Wednesday in Cincinnati. ... Drew Stubbs -- the primary leadoff hitter last season before Orlando Cabrera and Brandon Phillips took over the role -- has been reinstated atop the lineup by manager Dusty Baker, who wants him to "just play, and not worry about walks and on-base percentage." ... Travis Wood pitched one inning Tuesday in a Minor League game against Class A Huntsville, making 10 pitches and getting two strikeouts. He starts against Milwaukee on Saturday.