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Maddon Comments on Arrieta Blister
Sunday, March 27
Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM noted on Sunday that Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Arrieta will be good to go for Opening Day against the Los Angeles Angels.
"As of right now, it seems to be pretty good," Maddon said of Arrieta's blister on Saturday, per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.
"(Trainer) P.J. Mainville feels very strongly that’s he’ll be fine. He thought it was a lot better immediately the next day. So let's just see what happens. When (a blister developed Thursday), we didn’t jump to any conclusions. Just play it all the way through."
On Friday, Maddon expressed concern over the blister:
“[Blisters] can become more chronic and you don’t want that to happen," Maddon said, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. "Opening Day is very prestigious. So’s winning the World Series."
"We don't want to lose him, we don't want to miss him, but I don't think it's anything awful," Maddon said on March 24, per Muskat.
Cubs Pitching Coach Discusses Arrieta
Sunday, March 27
Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com noted that "Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio calls [Arrieta's] blister a 'complete nonissue' after Sunday's side session."
Arrieta Comments on Blister
Friday, March 25
"It's good, we're good," Arrieta said, per Levine. "No one's dying."
“It really won’t be a problem at all,” Arrieta noted, according to Muskat. “It really wasn’t even a blister. From the environment here, the skin, having to deal with dry skin, cracking all that stuff, it’s just managing it. Once we get out of Arizona, it’ll no longer be an issue at all.”
"[We] noticed in the bullpen I was having a hard time with it," Arrieta added, per Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com. "No point in staying out there and having the same thing happen over and over again to each hitter."
Arrieta Developed Into League's Best Pitcher in 2015
Arrieta got off to a rocky start in his MLB career with the Baltimore Orioles before coming to Chicago and lighting it up over the past two years. The 30-year-old veteran has a tale of resilience that can leave quite an impression on a Cubs clubhouse filled with supremely talented youngsters.
Arrieta posted a 22-6 record and a 1.77 ERA last season to help the Cubs to the National League Championship Series. In his first two playoff starts, Arrieta defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in a complete-game shutout and won his next time out against the St. Louis Cardinals.
There's little cause for concern regarding Arrieta's long-term outlook in what figures to be a rather insignificant injury. His troubles in Baltimore stemmed from injuries and control problems, which have seldom surfaced with the exception of Thursday, when again, he was dealing with a mere blister.
Shoulder tightness loomed before the 2014 campaign for Arrieta, but he wound up fine en route to a 10-5 record with a 2.53 ERA. He's been quite durable since arriving in the Windy City, so there's no reason to press him back into action.