By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Arrieta is dealing with a bone spur in his elbow. Now, that he’ll have the operation, he is expected to be back for the 2020 season.
Before being placed on the disabled list, he attempted to pitch through it. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Arrieta has been dealing with this injury since approx. June.
Without the veteran in the starting rotation, Zach Eflin was called on to make his start on Saturday. However, it doesn’t appear like he will be the answer for the rest of the season.
Eflin – who came out of the bullpen to be a starter against the San Diego Padres – appears to be slated to go back to the bullpen. Manager Gabe Kapler could potentially also go with Nick Pivetta to replace Arrieta.
When Arrieta does return to the Phillies in 2020, it’ll also be the final year of his contract. He previously signed a three-year, $75 million deal with the franchise.
He has an option to opt-out of his contract following the conclusion of this season. However, he said he’s not going to do that.
This season, he is 8-8 in 24 appearances, including 24 starts with a 4.64 ERA. He has allowed 76 runs (70 earned runs), including 21 home runs, on 149 hits over 135 2/3 innings.
Arrieta has struck out 110 batters and walked 51.
In his two-year tenure with the Phillies, he has gone 18-19 with a 4.26 ERA in 55 appearances, including 55 starts. He has allowed 169 runs (146 earned runs), including 42 home runs, on 314 hits over 308 1/3 innings.
Arrieta has struck out 248 batters and walked 108.