Jake Arrieta Reportedly Set to Make First Rehab Start and Other Cubs News

Happy Minor League Opening Day

The Cubs announced Wednesday that Jake Arrieta is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee. Arrieta completed a simulated game prior to the opener on Monday and said at the time everything went well. Arrieta was to stay with the team until he was ready to begin a minor league rehab.

Jake Arrieta is scheduled to start Saturday’s game in Pensacola against the Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati Reds). By rule, Arrieta can be on a rehab assignment for 30 days. Arrieta should need three to four starts at this point to get ready for the season, without any setbacks. And if that is the case, Arrieta should be able to join the rotation toward the end of April.

Minor League Opening Day

The Minor League season begins Thursday for a majority of the top four teams in each organization.

Kane County opens up in Quad Cities against the River Bandits with Paul Blackburn scheduled to pitch the first game for the Cougars. Daytona begins the defense of their title in Brevard County, and the Smokies kick-off their season in Pensacola against Mat Latos and the Blue Wahoos. Chris Rusin and the I-Cubs face the Redbirds at Principal Park on Thursday night.

News and Notes

According to the Sun-Times, Rick Renteria is not worried about his closer, even after a bad spring and a blown save.

Rick Renteria is spreading around the playing time according to ESPN Chicago.

Four different players made their Cubs debut in Wednesday night’s marathon … Jose Veras, Wesley Wright, John Baker and Justin Ruggiano. And John Baker became the 96th different player to suit up for the Cubs since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over baseball operations. Baker pinch-hit for Wesley Wright in the 15th inning.

Andy Masur is returning to WGN Radio after being part of the Padres’ radio team. Masur will be part of pre and post-game coverage of the Cubs and Blackhawks on 720 WGN.

Patrick Mooney asked the question, what will the Cubs do with Darwin Barney?

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