WASHINGTON — Jake Arrieta thought Thursday's day off was unnecessary with the four-day All-Star break looming.
It's understandable that Arrieta would want to stay on a normal schedule after going 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA in June.
The Cubs pitching staff is looking to finish strong with 11 consecutive games before the break, which begins July 14. Pitching coach Chris Bosio reminded his pitchers two weeks ago of the need to maintain their work and not look ahead to the break.
"As the All-Star break approaches, sometimes there's a tendency to get maybe a little lackadaisical," Arrieta said. "Throughout the day, things might move a little slower.
"You have to be mindful to not let that happen. ... So it's important to keep your body moving, stay loose, stay stretched out and flexible, and we're all doing that."
Thursday's day off threw a wrench into the routine of Arrieta, who threw 72/3 innings of no-hit ball before allowing a single to Stephen Drew on Monday night at Fenway Park. Arrieta, who threw a career-high 120 pitches, will get an extra day of rest before he takes the mound Sunday against the Nationals.
"I don't really like to have three days in between touching the mound," said Arrieta, who played catch Wednesday and will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday.
Arrieta said he wished the All-Star break would come later in July or even at the start of August.
"But as far as our starters, we've got some horses here who can handle a heavy-duty schedule," Arrieta said.
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