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Jake Arrieta “confident” he’ll open season on time
MESA, Ariz. — One day after team officials said they expect Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta’s shoulder injury to keep him from starting the season on time, the promising young starter disputed that notion.
“I don’t think Opening Day is a far stretch,” he said Friday morning, “but we’ll see as we go in spring training. That’s just kind of where they’ve set it, to be cautious. We don’t want to set a date and try to get there before we’re ready. I’m confident that I’ll be ready.”
Arrieta, projected to fill a back-end spot in the Cubs’ rotation this year, suffered “tightness” in his shoulder while throwing during a pre-spring workout about two weeks ago, he said.
Since then, the pain has gone away, and he says he’s confident the injury isn’t serious.
“I played catch the last few days, and I feel good with where I’m at,” said Arrieta, who was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade last July. “I think we’ll have a much better understanding [of a timeline] as we progress. The main thing right now is to be cautious, to make sure I’m around for the long haul rather than try to rush things and progress a little too quickly and maybe have a setback at some point.”
Arrieta, who started Opening Day for Baltimore in 2012, said he’s throwing without limitations now and is concerned only with building strength.
If he can’t open the season, the Cubs say they have options in players such as left-hander Chris Rusin and right-handed swingman Carlos Villanueva, who will now be stretched out as a starter this spring in case he’s needed.