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jake arrietaJake Arrieta made another successful rehab start at AA Tennessee yesterday, allowing one run on three hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out two. The plan is for Arrieta to make one more rehab start, this time at AAA Iowa, next week. From there, he could be set to make his season debut with the Cubs.

In what may or may not be a related move, the Cubs have shifted their rotation a bit for this weekend. Jeff Samardzija will pitch on Friday against the Reds, Edwin Jackson will pitch on Saturday, and Carlos Villanueva will pitch on Sunday. The move allows Edwin Jackson to pitch on close to his usual schedule, and also gives Carlos Villanueva a little extra rest.

With that shakeup, it’s possible that the Cubs could be setting up for Arrieta to slot back into the rotation in Villanueva’s spot at the end of next week, depending on when Arrieta makes his next rehab start. If you’re eyeing a possible return for Arrieta, it could be as soon as next Friday, or perhaps the next time through the rotation after that.

  • Funn Dave

    About time. I had thought he was only supposed to miss a start or two.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Not sure the Cubs ever put it that way (and, personally, I was always projecting mid-to-late April by just doing the math). Arrieta, himself, was always more optimistic, I think.

      • Funn Dave

        Yeah, I can’t remember where I heard as much. Must have been my own overly optimistic imagination.

        • cub4life

          I think what it might have been is the optimism of the nation.

  • auggie

    Teams always underestimate how long a player will be out to get their fans hopes up.

    • JasonP

      Or fans who find watching the ‘Stache take the ball in the first inning generate their own false optimism.

    • DarthHater

      Except that, in this instance, the team did no such thing. So, if by “always” you actually meant “not always,” then, good comment.

  • MightyBear

    Yeah, I think Arrieta said he’d only miss a start or two at most but Brett has been saying mid to late April from the beginning. Listen to the Ace!!! He’s rarely wrong (except when he disagrees with me.)

  • Darth Ivy

    Arrieta is fun to watch. It’ll be nice when he comes back

  • Diego Javier

    Who will be sent down to make room?

    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

      Probably Parker, with Villanueva shifting to the pen

  • Diego Javier

    When can we start dumping players? My guess is that Theo & Co. will be looking to move Hammel early to increase the value for Sharky just like last year. June? Is April too early? Javy is hurt and I need something to be excited about.

    • DarthHater

      Hammel? Oh, you must mean Jasy. :-P

    • Darth Ivy

      That’s why God invented fantasy baseball

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