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Cubs' Jake Arrieta will make first start on Saturday

By on 5/01/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Chicago Cubs are 9-17 and in last place in the National League Central. They are 16th in the Major Leagues in team ERA, but will get a boost to their rotation soon, as Jake Arrieta is scheduled to make his first start of the season on Saturday. Arrieta has been sidelined due to inflammation in his right shoulder.

Gordon Wittenmyer, who covers the Cubs for the Chicago Sun-Times, tweeted the following on Arrieta.
Arrieta has made five Minor League rehab starts.  In his only start at Class-A Daytona, he allowed five hits and three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, struck out seven and walked two.  In four starts with Double-A Tennessee,  Arieta allowed only eight hits and two earned runs in 14 1/3 innings.

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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