Jake Arrieta is coming up to join Chicago's rotation on Friday, giving the Cubs a chance to take a long look at the right-hander over the final part of the season.
The 27-year-old Arrieta was acquired in a July 2 trade with Baltimore. The right-hander has made one start with Chicago, pitching six effective innings in a 3-2 loss to Milwaukee on July 30. He is 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA in seven starts with Triple-A Iowa.
"We made the decision to bring Arrieta here and start here," manager Dale Sveum said Wednesday, citing the chance to have the 6-foot-4 right-hander work with pitching coach Chris Bosio and bullpen coach Lester Strode. "Pitch here, and see what we got."
Arrieta was selected by Baltimore in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. He is 20-25 with a 5.39 ERA in parts of four seasons, winning 10 games for the Orioles in 2011.
The move means Arrieta, Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson will start this weekend's games against St. Louis, and it also puts Carlos Villanueva back in the bul...