Cubs’ Ar­ri­eta to miss fi­nal start

The Citizens' Voice - - Major League Baseball -

Jake Ar­ri­eta will miss his fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son start for the Chicago Cubs to rest be­fore the play­offs.

Man­ager Joe Mad­don said the 2015 NL Cy Young Award win­ner will skip his turn for the de­fend­ing World Se­ries cham­pi­ons when they wrap up the reg­u­lar sea­son against Cincin­nati on Sun­day.

Mike Montgomery will start Sun­day.

Mad­don said Ar­ri­eta will pitch in sim­u­lated games next week and the Cubs will de­ter­mine his next start based on how he re­sponds. The vet­eran right-han­der strained his right ham­string Sept. 4 and didn’t pitch again un­til Sept. 21. He lasted three in­nings Tues­day against St. Louis — his sec­ond-short­est out­ing this sea­son.

Mad­don is con­fi­dent Ar­ri­eta (14-10, 3.53 ERA) will be avail­able dur­ing the NL Divi­sion Se­ries against Wash­ing­ton. The ques­tion is whether he starts Game 3 or Game 4, if nec­es­sary.

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