Arrieta’s time has probably arrived
Pitcher says he’ll likely opt to have surgery for removal of bone spur
Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta says he’s likely going to have season-ending surgery soon because of a bone spur in his pitching elbow.
The 33-year-old Arrieta has been pitching through pain for several starts, but his inability to go more than five innings led him to shut it down. He’s scheduled for an MRI on Thursday and will determine his course of action afterward.
Arrieta won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award with the Cubs. He has been mediocre since he joined the Phils on a threeyear, $75 million contract in March 2018.
The deal includes team options for $22.5 million in 2021 and ’22. Arrieta also can opt out after this season, but it’s unlikely he’ll give up the $20 million he’s due next year.
He is 8-8 with a 4.64 ERA this season and was 10-11 with a 3.96 ERA in 2018.
Through 10 seasons in the majors with the Orioles, Cubs and Phillies, Arietta is 106-75 with a 3.72 ERA.
Zach Eflin will rejoin the starting rotation and take Arrieta’s spot Saturday against the Padres at Citizens Bank Park.
Jake Arrieta is likely to undergo season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow.