Ar­ri­eta’s time has prob­a­bly arrived

Pitcher says he’ll likely opt to have surgery for re­moval of bone spur

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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.

BEN MAR­GOT/AP

Jake Ar­ri­eta is likely to un­dergo sea­son-end­ing surgery to re­move a bone spur from his el­bow.

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