Cubs put Arrieta on injured list; Baez scratched from lineup
After a rough outing against his former team Tuesday, the Cubs placed pitcher Jake Arrieta on the 10-day injured list with a right-hamstring tightness. Right-hander Cory Abbott was brought up from Iowa.
One other injury note, Javy Baez was scratched from the Cubs' lineup Wednesday due to a sore thumb. Baez hit 3 home runs in the previous two days. He was replaced in the lineup at shortstop by Sergio Alcantara.
Arrieta completed less than 2 innings for the second consecutive start Tuesday. He gave up a grand slam home run to Philadelphia's fourth batter of the game, Andrew McCutchen, then allowed 3 more runs in the second.
"He's been dealing with it dating back to late May," Cubs manager David Ross said Wednesday. "It's one of those things, I think he thinks he's fine. Something's going on with the way he's pitching, and I just think it's best if we take care of that, make sure that thing's not some of the cause of what's going on with him.
"Just trying to time to fully recover, make sure that's not an issue. When you see them not playing up to their capability, you try to put your finger on it."
Ross didn't say who would take Arrieta's spot in the rotation, which comes up again Sunday against St. Louis, the Cubs' last game before the all-star break.
The leading candidates would seem to be Abbott and Trevor Williams, who came back from the injured list to pitch in relief Tuesday. Williams threw 3⅔ innings, gave up 6 hits and 7 runs, but only 3 were earned. It was his first appearance on the mound for the Cubs since May 26.
"I thought Trevor did good," Ross said. "I thought he filled some holes when we needed a big outing, got him stretched out. It was his bullpen day, so we got him some length (74 pitches), which was nice. I thought he did a nice job of giving us some innings when we needed them for sure."
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