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Friday, February 21, 2014

Cubs' Jake Arrieta (shoulder) to throw off mound next week


By on 2/21/2014 06:30:00 PM

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta reported to Spring Training after his pitching staff mates due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder that he obtained during the offseason. He is scheduled to throw a flat-ground session on Saturday, and if that session goes well, then he will test himself from a mound a few days later. Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune announced the news Thursday afternoon.
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The Cubs expect Arrieta to compete for a starting rotation spot says MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. Arrieta will have to beat out Jason Hammel, James McDonald, and Chris Rusin to land a spot. The top three spots will go to Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, and Edwin Jackson. At this point, though, the Cubs do not expect Arrieta to be ready for Opening Day.

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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