Jake Arrieta Gets The All Clear To Start Cubs Opener

Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta was cleared to start the Chicago Cubs season opener on April 4 against the Los Angeles Angels, manager Joe Maddon said.

Arrieta tossed 46 pitches on Sunday with no restrictions on his right thumb after being limited to 34 pitches on Thursday because of a blister.

ArietaThe 30-year-old Arrieta delivered a breakout 2015 campaign with a 22-6 record, a 1.77 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP over 33 starts and 229 innings (permitting just 150 hits). His performance guided the Cubs to the National league Championship Series, where they lost to the New York Mets.

Arrieta is set to anchor a rotation that also includes Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks. Trevor Cahill is expected to serve as an emergency starter. Travis Wood, Adam Warren and Clayton Richard will open the season in the bullpen, Maddon said.

About the Author

Jeff Louderback
A former sports writer for a daily newspaper in Ohio, Jeff Louderback is a professional freelance writer, author and editor who lives in the midst of Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. He writes baseball features for several publications, including prospect profiles for Baseball America. He served as the founder, editor and columnist for Sox and Pinstripes, a blog that covered the Red Sox and Yankees; and BoSox Banter, a site that covered the Red Sox, the Red Sox farm system and baseball-themed travel. Jeff is also the co-author of the life story of former Major League pitcher Brian Tollberg, whose inspirational story saw him rise from the University of North Florida and the independent Frontier League’s Chillicothe Paints to a climb up the minors in the Brewers and Padres systems before tasting success in the majors with the Padres. The book will be released in 2016.

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