Phillies, Arrieta Plan First Live Game Action
When the Phillies signed pitcher Jake Arrieta on the later-than-usual date of March 12, questions were immediately asked about when Arrieta might be ready for the season. Arrieta said that he had been throwing bullpen sessions of 50-65 pitches "every two to three days" while he waited to sign. However, with the season set to begin two weeks from tomorrow, it appears that Arrieta's first live action pitching is set to take place.
Through to Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inqurier, Arrieta said that he would face his first live batters on Saturday. This would come in the form of a minor league game. The Triple-A Phillies are scheduled to face the Triple-A Yankees at the Carpenter Complex at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.
Arrieta was introduced to the Philadelphia media on Tuesday morning. Afterward, he worked out at the Carpenter Complex before joining the team in the dugout for their game against the Tampa Bay Rays.