Jake Arrieta is coming up to join Chicago’s rotation on Friday,
giving the Cubs a chance to take a long look at the right-hander
over the final part of the season.
The 27-year-old Arrieta was acquired in a July 2 trade with
Baltimore. The right-hander has made one start with Chicago,
pitching six effective innings in a 3-2 loss to Milwaukee on July
30. He is 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA in seven starts with Triple-A
“We made the decision to bring Arrieta here and start here,”
manager Dale Sveum said Wednesday, citing the chance to have the
6-foot-4 right-hander work with pitching coach Chris Bosio and
bullpen coach Lester Strode. “Pitch here, and see what we got.”
Arrieta was selected by Baltimore in the fifth round of the 2007
draft. He is 20-25 with a 5.39 ERA in parts of four seasons,
winning 10 games for the Orioles in 2011.
The move means Arrieta, Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson will start
this weekend’s games against St. Louis, and it also puts Carlos
Villanueva back in the bullpen. The 29-year-old righty has split
time between the bullpen and rotation in his first season with
Cubs, compiling a 2-8 record with a 4.26 ERA in 31 games.
“Villa’s done it before,” Sveum said. “Losing (Matt) Guerrier,
he can kind of be that guy in the sixth, seventh inning when we’re
winning and get people out.”
Guerrier, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list last
Thursday with right elbow soreness, is getting a second opinion
from Reds team physician Dr. Timothy Kremchek, but is likely headed
for surgery to repair a torn pronator muscle in his arm.
“Definitely disappointing. But this is one of those things I’ve
been dealing with for almost two years now with some pain in that
area,” said Guerrier, who is eligible for free agency after the
season. “Hopefully get it fixed and hopefully have a chance to
maybe come back here on a minor league deal or something next year
and have an opportunity to help the team out next year again.”