The Cubs starter believes it may have only been a cramping issue.
Jake Arrieta left Monday's game between the Cubs and the Pirates in the third inning with an apparent right leg injury. While trying to throw a practice pitch, the Cubs righthander let up after planting his left leg and didn't try to complete the pitch. He then immediately walked off the field.
After the game, Arrieta told reporters—including CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney—that the issue may have just been a cramp. The team will reevaluate him Tuesday to decide if he needs an MRI or not. It's unclear what the exact injury to Arrieta is.
“Everything looks OK,” Arrieta told Mooney. “It’s kind of a foreign feeling. But, yeah, I think it could have been a lot worse. No pop or anything like that, so that’s a good sign.”
At the very least it appears the Cubs and the free agent-to-be are remaining optimistic, with Arrieta maintaining he should be able to make his next start this weekend against the Brewers.
Since the All-Star break, the Cubs have gone 32-17, winning six of Arrieta's nine starts during that stretch going in Monday.
Arrieta's 3.36 ERA, .228 batting average against and 1.18 WHIP going into Monday were all top 10 in the NL. The 2015 Cy Young Award winner was 14-8 before Monday's start.