The Cubs placed starting pitcher Jake Arrieta on the 10-day injured list with right hamstring tightness prior to Wednesday’s game against the Phillies.
In a corresponding move, Cory Abbott was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.
Cubs manager David Ross said Arrieta, 35, has been dealing with the hamstring dating back to late May. His velocity has been strong in recent outings, however, touching 94 mph Tuesday.
“I think it's just best if we take care of that, make sure that thing is not some of the cause of what's going on with him,” Ross said. “Just trying to give him time to fully recover and make sure that’s not an issue.”
Ross said no decision has been made on who will start in Arrieta’s place this weekend against the Cardinals.
The move is not entirely surprising. Arrieta has had a rough go of it lately, going 2-7 with an 8.55 ERA over his last 12 starts. He’s pitched 1 2/3 innings in each of his last two starts, surrendering a combined 13 runs (10 earned).
The IL stint gives Arrieta a chance to come back after the All-Star break in a better physical state. He’s eligible to return July 16.
“The freedom of taking a little bit of a break,” Ross said, “especially in time, physically, can also free up your mind to just get clear on what you want to do. It gives you time to work on things.”
This is Abbott's third stint with the Cubs this season. The 25-year-old has surrendered six runs (four earned) in 8 1/3 innings, making four appearances.