#Cubs Arrieta to throw side Sunday

National League Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta is on schedule to throw his bullpen on Sunday, and the Cubs will have a better idea after that as to whether the right-hander can make the Opening Day start, April 4.

Arrieta had to exit his last outing Thursday after throwing 34 pitches to seven batters in one-third of an inning because he was having trouble gripping the ball. He had applied Super Glue to a small blister on his right thumb, and the glue created a slick surface. The blister never opened.

Athletic trainer PJ Mainville told Maddon that he expects Arrieta to be ready for the season opener against the Angels.

“[Mainville] thought it was a lot better almost immediately the next day,” Maddon said. “Let’s just see what happens. … As of right now, it seems to be pretty good.”

Arrieta is on schedule to start Tuesday against the Athletics, which would be his last tune up before the regular season begins.

— Carrie Muskat

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