jake arrietaAmong the Cubs’ stable of unproven power arms, Jake Arrieta and Arodys Vizcaino might be the two most intriguing guys, having traveled complex paths to come to the Cubs (and each acquired in a mid-season flip deal), and with as much upside as any arm in the organization. That’s why word of Vizcaino’s second elbow surgery last year and of Arrieta’s offseason shoulder tightness have been so unnerving. At a time when fans are necessarily clinging to all things hope, having two of the more hoped-for dudes go down with arm troubles is the kind of disappointment we don’t need.

Thankfully, the reports on Vizcaino since last Fall have been tentatively optimistic, and the word on Arrieta’s “injury” didn’t sound particularly dire. And Carrie Muskat and Jesse Rogers hooked folks up with some additional word on the two arms today, and it’s more good news:

For more detail on Arrieta, check out the full updates from Muskat and Rogers. There’s also a piece from Patrick Mooney, including Arrieta’s belief that he can be ready for Opening Day, even.

The tenor and the quotes from Arrieta are positive, and echo the tweets. No MRI was needed, and it sounds more like this was the Cubs pulling back the reins at the first hint of a potential issue. If they slow Arrieta up, and he doesn’t debut until mid-April or even late-April, what has really been lost? Not much. But if he pushes things too quickly and injures his shoulder? Yikes.

As for Vizcaino, more on him later.

  • Funn Dave

    Arrieta’s fine. They’re just being cautious, and rightfully so.

  • DarthHater

    I find this injury update unsatisfactory, because it does not include any references to God.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Oh, for God’s sake.

      • DarthHater

        Thank you for posting the above correction. 😀

    • farmerjon

      If I had the technological prowess, I’d post the “beating the dead horse” meme

      • headscratchin

        How”s this?! [img]http://www.drewlitton.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/beatadeadhorse.gif[/img]

        • headscratchin

          The comment bubble that got cut off says “what do you know, you can beat a dead horse!”

      • DarthHater


    • mjhurdle

      your post offends me.
      im not sure why yet, but I definitely feel offended.

      • DarthHater

        That sounds like an uncomfortable feeling, so I’ll give you a real reason to be offended:


        Better? 😛

    • Funn Dave

      I am deeply offended that an earlier article was posted as “God’s wrath” but this article was not posted as “Allah’s wrath.”

  • CubsFaninMS

    Arrieta should grow his hair out and use a curling iron so he will look like the Sheriff of Nottingham.

    • http://bleachernation.com woody

      Sorry but Samardzija already has that role covered. Maybe the 4th Musketeer.

      • cubs2003

        I always thought of him more as the reincarnation of Frank Zappa, but that’s just me.

        • Funn Dave

          Woah. Zappa and Cubbies. You just combined two of the world’s greatest treasures.

          • Bilbo161

            Don’t eat that yellow snow.

    • dw8

      I’ve always got more of a bearded Meriadoc Brandybuck vibe from Arrieta.

      • Fishin Phil

        It must be his hairy feet.

    • cubs2003

      Between Russell, Shark and Arrieta you have the makings of a pretty good 70’s power trio band.

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    How do we go from gloom and doom to cautious optimism in a period of a few hours?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Is this your first year being a Cubs fan? :)

      • JadeBos

        I’m smelling a shot at the wildcard.

        • CubsFaninMS

          Yes, the Joker card that fell underneath the rug when the cards were shuffled.

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