Jake Arrieta believes he could throw off a mound as early as next week if his right shoulder responses well to Saturday's throwing session.
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) February 21, 2014
|By Jason Howell, via Wikimedia Commons|
Muskat quoted Arrieta on Friday discussing his injury. He said that he is starting to get better, and he disagrees with the Opening Day expectations. Said Arrieta,
"We're going to take it day by day. Every day's been good. It's gotten progressively better. If we stay on the same schedule, I'm optimistic I'll be ready by Opening Day."Arrieta came to the Cubs from Baltimore in the Scott Feldman/Steve Clevenger trade on July 2 last year. The Cubs also picked up Pedro Strop, a projected future closer, in that deal. Arrieta was 4-2 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.123 WHIP in nine starts with the Cubs. He is 24-27 with a 5.23 ERA and 1.428 WHIP in his four-year career with the Orioles and Cubs.
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