#Cubs Arrieta says it’s “business as usual”

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, who left Thursday’s game after one-third of an inning to avoid breaking open a blister on his right thumb, said it was “business as usual” on Friday and he was able to do his post-start routine.

The reigning National League Cy Young winner faced seven batters and threw 34 pitches against the Giants on Thursday before he was lifted as a precaution. The right-hander soaked his thumb overnight in Neosporin.

“It really won’t be a problem at all,” Arrieta said. “It really wasn’t even a blister. From the environment here, the skin, having to deal with dry skin, cracking all that stuff, it’s just managing it. Once we get out of Arizona, it’ll no longer be an issue at all.”

Arrieta is scheduled to make one more Cactus League start March 29 against the Athletics before kicking off the Cubs’ regular season April 4 against the Angels.

— Carrie Muskat

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