The right-hander, who was dealing with shoulder stiffness in spring training, was said to be going to the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate for what was potentially his final rehab outing. Instead, he will make an appearance at the Single-A level.
“Get out there and get up to 100 pitches, kind of fine tune and refine some things and hopefully that will be the last stop,” Arrieta said Saturday morning in the Cubs’ locker room.
Arrieta has already made three rehab starts for Double-A Tennessee since the season started, working his way up to 82 pitches in his most recent outing. He could make his first big league start of the year on the Cubs' next road trip to Milwaukee and Cincinnati.
“I don’t think that I’ll be 100 percent until I get here, get in a game and kind of pitch at that intensity for the first time,” he said. “I’m right where I need to be right now.”
Arrietta, who was acquired in a July 2 trade from the Baltimore Orioles, went 4-2 with the Cubs in nine starts last season, posting a 3.66 ERA.
“He’s just continuing to move forward in the process of coming back, and he’s been doing well,” manager Rick Renteria said. “But warm weather (at Daytona) is definitely conducive to moving forward.”