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.”