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Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta will need at least one more rehab start


By on 4/12/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Chicago Cubs entered the weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a 3-6 record, four games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Cubs have had two shaky outings from starter Edwin Jackson, but strong performances out of out of Travis Wood, Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The team may be getting another arm back soon, as Jake Arrieta is making good progress in his rehab and may soon be ready to return.

Carrie Muskat, who covers the Cubs at MLB.com/Cubs.com, tweeted the following on Arrieta's status.
Our own Matt Musico reported on April 1 that Arrieta was dealing with shoulder discomfort since the start of spring.  He thought he might have been ready by Opening Day, but the Cubs used a conservative approach with him in attempts to prevent the possibility of a lingering injury during the season. 

Arrieta has started two games at Class AA Tennessee. He's allowed only three hits and one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings, to go along with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Arrieta was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 and made his Major League debut in 2010.  Last season, he was a combined 5-4 with a 4.78 ERA in 14 games. In 78 career games, Arrieta is 24-27 with a 5.23 ERA.  In 409 2/3 innings, he's allowed 402 hits, 183 walks and struck out 314.



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