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Report: Arrieta will likely require surgery

Andrew Porter
July 08, 2019 - 10:08 am
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Jake Arrieta will likely require surgery at some point, according to Ken Rosenthal and Matt Gelb

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Arrieta, 33, has a bone spur in his right elbow and will reportedly be evaluated over the next few days. In 2011, Arrieta had his season cut short by a bone spur in his throwing arm. 

The Phillies starter has been struggling since joining the team and especially of late. This season, in 18 starts, Arrieta is 8-7 with a 4.67 ERA, 1.463 WHIP, and a 2.13 strikeout / walk ratio. 

On Saturday, Arrieta allowed 11 hits and five earned runs over just 4.1 innings. He hasn't pitched more than 6.0 innings in a start since May 25th. 

Arrieta, who signed a three-year deal worth $75 million with the Phillies last season, has a $20 million player option for 2020 and a club option in 2021. 

Philadelphia was already reportedly set to be in the market for a pitcher as the July 31st trade deadline approaches. An injury to Arrieta would ramp up their interest/need for a pitcher even more so.