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Jake Arrieta Will Not Start on Sunday

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Well, it’s been up in the air for a few days now, but Jake Arrieta will not be making his regularly-scheduled start on Sunday in the regular season finale.


Here are his comments, just made to ESPN:

And Joe Maddon confirmed:

The gist is that it *sort of* doesn’t matter whether Arrieta starts against the Reds or in a simulated game, because it’s all about getting in work in any case, though you’d probably rather see him able to be at 100% in a real game before the playoffs arrive, just so you know what you’ve got going on mechanically.

It sounds like, instead of a short regular season start, Arrieta will rest his hamstring a little more, throw a simulated game, and then be ready for the NLDS.

More on this, and the rotation impact, soon.


Brett Taylor

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