Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is only a couple days away from being activated from the 15-day disabled list very soon.
Arrieta was placed on the DL at the beginning of the month after suffering a shoulder injury and has made a handful of rehab starts with Cubs’ Minor League affiliates. The 28 year old righty is expecting to be activated on Wednesday, which he believes will be his first start with the Cubs in 2014 against the Cincinnati Reds according to Mark Gonzalez on Twitter.
Arrieta believes he’ll start Wednesday night at Cincy
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) April 28, 2014
With Arrieta making his way back into the starting rotation, it appears that Carlos Villanueva will be making his way back to the bullpen. Villanueva was able to beat out Chris Rusin for the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation for the Cubs, but hasn’t pitched that well.
I say the Cubs dump starter Edwin Jackson in the bullpen and give someone else a shot. Arrieta posted a 2.25 ERA in those rehab starts.
The Cubs open up a three game series against the Cincinnati Reds beginning today.