Maeda will start Thursday against St. Louis if his rehab assignment Friday for High-A Rancho Cucamonga goes as planned, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

Maeda will throw 60 pitches in Friday's rehab start, so don't expect him to go deep into his first start back even if he is effective. His 5.03 ERA in his first seven starts is underwhelming, but Maeda posted an encouraging 40:9 K:BB over 39.1 innings, a good sign that he can perform closer to the 3.48 ERA he posted in 2016 going forward.

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