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Jake Arrieta elbow surgery, season in doubt

Prior to Wednesday’s game against the Cubs, the Phillies placed Jake Arrieta on the 10-day injured list and selected the contract of first baseman Logan Morrison from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Arrieta has been pitching with a bone spur in his right elbow, and he said Wednesday that he is likely

Prior to Wednesday’s game against the Cubs, the Phillies placed Jake Arrieta on the 10-day injured list and selected the contract of first baseman Logan Morrison from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Arrieta has been pitching with a bone spur in his right elbow, and he said Wednesday that he is likely headed for surgery and “probably” will not pitch again this season if he undergoes the procedure.

The 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner with the Cubs, Arrieta has recorded a 4.26 ERA in 55 starts since he joined the Phils on a three-year, $75 million contract in March 2018. The deal includes club options for $22.5 million in ’21 and ’22.

The 33-year-old can opt out of the final year and $20 million remaining on his contract after this season, but he said he is unlikely to do so.

Zach Eflin is scheduled to start in Arrieta’s place on Saturday against the Padres. Eflin was moved to the bullpen in late July, and he has posted a 1.59 ERA in 5 2/3 innings spanning four relief appearances.

Morrison’s promotion comes after outfielder Corey Dickerson was hit by a pitch and exited Tuesday’s game with a left hand contusion. The veteran slugger signed a Minor League contract with Philadelphia on July 15. He hit just .186 with a .644 OPS for the Twins last season, but he isn’t far removed from producing a career-best 38 homers for the Rays in 2017.

Thomas Harrigan is a reporter for MLB.com.



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