A few weeks ago Jake Arrieta was officially named the Cubs’ Opening Day starter. Now that Opening Day start is in doubt.
Arrieta left in the first inning of his Cactus League start yesterday due to a blister. It wasn’t major and lifting him from the game was one of those abundance of caution things, but it could be enough to cause Joe Maddon to push him back a bit. Maddon just said that blisters are “funny things” and that he won’t guarantee that Arrieta from making that start on Opening Day.
Arrieta went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and won the Cy Young award last year, though, so I think we can say that his rotation spot is safe.