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MESA, Ariz. — A few health updates from Cubs camp:
JAMES RUSSELL: The lefty reliever downplayed the “dead arm” that’s kept him out of games so far in camp, saying, “It’s nothing I haven’t gone through before. Everybody goes through it. … It’s feeling good.”
But he hasn’t thrown from a bullpen mound since early in camp and might not be ready to get in a game for another week.
He says he’s in no danger of missing the start of the season.
“I don’t mind, given the workload I’ve had the last two years,” said Russell, whose 151 appearances over the last two seasons are the fourth-highest total in the majors. “It’s not a problem.”
MIKE OLT: The third base prospect, who has been limited in the field early in camp because of a sore shoulder, could see action at third for the first time this spring by the end of the week, manager Rick Renteria said.
JAKE ARRIETA: The right-handed starter, who has been slowed by shoulder tightness suffered just before camp opened, threw from flat ground Tuesday, the day after a first bullpen session that impressed pitching coach Chris Bosio.
“He’s doing extremely well,” Renteria said. “We’re not going to push him. It’s a thing where we’ve got to be very careful and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Arrieta hasn’t been scheduled to pitch in a game yet, and the expectation remains that he’ll open the season on the disabled list.
“Right now the reality is we’re just going to make sure that he stays safe and healthy,” Renteria said.