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Cubs

Although not set to start in series, Arrieta makes return to Wrigley

Philadelphia Phillies' Jake Arrieta, left, talks with former teammate Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant during the Cubs' batting practice before a baseball game Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Philadelphia Phillies' Jake Arrieta, left, talks with former teammate Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant during the Cubs' batting practice before a baseball game Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO – Neither Jake Arrieta nor Yu Darvish will pitch in this week’s series between the Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field.

Arrieta, the former Cubs ace was making a “homecoming” of sorts after he signed with the Phillies late in the offseason. It just so happens that the schedule had him pitching this past Sunday at San Francisco.

As for Darvish, he remains on the disabled list for the second time this year as he battles tricep tendinitis.

Naturally, many Cubs fans and those in the Chicago media want to draw comparisons. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, in so many words, to give it time and that juxtapositions are unfair.

“Yeah, just give it some time,” he said Tuesday. “Right now, I’m really happy for Jake. I cannot be happier for Jake. He hit a home run the other day in San Francisco. Beyond that, we would not have done what we did over the last few years without him. He’s in a good place right now. He’s doing extremely well.

“People have a tendency to jump to conclusions in this game, and in life in general. Just give it time. Hopefully, they’re going to have the same kind of numbers after the next three or four years. I’m a big Jake fan. But, yes, it’s way too early to jump to conclusions.”

With his new team, Arrieta is 5-3 with a 2.66 ERA. Darvish is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA.

Arrieta was surrounded by media members in the visiting dugout Tuesday afternoon. A Cub from the middle of 2013 through the end of last season, he compiled a record of 68-31 with an ERA of 2.73, including two no-hitters.

Arrieta also pitched the Cubs to victory in the 2015 wild card game and went 2-0 in the 2016 World Series to help the Cubs quench a 108-year drought.

The Cubs saluted Arrieta with a video tribute at the start of the second inning, and the fans gave him a warm ovation.

Kyle Hendricks was tagged for five runs in five innings pitched, and the Cubs’ offense couldn’t get going as the Phillies won, 6-1, Tuesday night.

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