3/16 Arrieta update

In Mesa, Jake Arrieta threw 30 pitches in a simulated game Sunday without feeling any effects of the stiff right shoulder that has sidelined him this spring. The right-hander threw another 30-35 pitches in the bullpen before taking the mound on the Cubs’ practice field and facing batters.

Should Arrieta not feel any unusual soreness Monday, he says the next step is throwing a live BP session early in the week. He’s hopeful to get in a Cactus League game soon.

“It’s just a week or two setback — two starts,” Arrieta said. “I think in the grand scheme of things it’s really not that big of an issue. It would have been nice to not miss these couple weeks, but I think health is the biggest priority.”

Arrieta threw all of his pitches during the sim game and seemed to have no complaints about how the outing went. He was specifically pleased with the numbers on the radar gun.

“Today was really good,” he said. “Everything felt crisp. I feel like the strength was good, the velocities were good. Those are all good signs.”


Arietta heading to DL..no need to rush him at this point………our starting five will be…..


BJax should have caught that fly ball that scored two runs………he just stood there…..as an outfielder, your first reaction as an outfielder on a fly ball is to go back….NOT to stand like a statue……..but what do I know about Baseball……its Spring Training anyway…..and we have lots of time to work things like this out.

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