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Jake Arrieta will make his season debut for the Chicago Cubs at 12:05 p.m CT in Game 2 of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field Saturday.
Arrieta, 28, missed all of spring training after experiencing shoulder soreness this past winter. In five rehab starts in April for Single and Double-A, he gave up 13 hits and walked seven with a 2.25 ERA over 20 innings. Last year on August 16 at Wrigley Field, he threw seven shutout innings against the Cardinals.
Cubs’ outfielder Ryan Sweeney was placed on the 15-day DL with a right hamstring strain after he ran down a fly ball during Friday’s game. In a corresponding roster move, the Cubs called up Chris Coghlan from Triple-A Iowa.
Michael Wacha (2-2, 2.48 ERA) will oppose the left-hander Arrieta. Wacha, 22, took a no decision in his last start in a 5-3 Cardinals loss to the league-leading Milwaukee Brewers. On April 13, Wacha earned his second win this season with a 6-4 win over the Cubs; he struck out eight and walked one over 6 1/3 innings. Over his five starts he has posted a 2.48 ERA, 1.128 WHIP, with 44 strikeouts over 36 1/3 innings. He was also the conditional draft pick the Cardinals received for losing Albert Pujols in free agency.
Broadcast Information: The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet and Fox Sports 1 and broadcasted on WGN 720 AM.