#Cubs Arrieta exits with blister
National League Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta was expected to throw 90 pitches Thursday night, but lasted just one-third of an inning because of a blister on his right thumb. Arrieta said the problem was minor.
Arrieta was matched up against the Giants and Madison Bumgarner, and the Cubs right-hander retired the first batter, then gave up four straight hits, threw a wild pitch, and walked two, including Brandon Crawford with the bases loaded to force in a run.
Manager Joe Maddon went out to check on Arrieta before Crawford’s at-bat, and Arrieta then threw three straight balls. Once Crawford walked, that was it. Arrieta gave up five runs on four hits and two walks over one-third of an inning.
Maddon said there is plenty of time if the Cubs need to make an adjustment regarding the rotation and Opening Day.
“We don’t want to lose him, we don’t want to miss him, but I don’t think it’s anything awful,” Maddon said. “I’ve had guys with blisters before and sometimes you have to back off a couple days to give it a chance to heal up and then be proactive in the healing process. Overall, I’m not hyper concerned now. It’s one of those things to monitor and give it a little rest to get it on it’s healing ways.”
— Carrie Muskat