Phillies could lose pitcher Arrieta to elbow surgery

New York (AFP) –


Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta said Wednesday he will likely need right elbow surgery to remove bone spurs that would end his Major League Baseball season.

The 33-year-old right-hander who won the 2015 Cy Young Award as the National League's top pitcher and helped the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series was placed on MLB's 10-day disabled list.

Arrieta, who underwent left knee surgery in January, has a 4.26 earned-run average in 55 starts since signing a three-year deal worth $75 million with the Phillies in 2018.

Zach Eflin will replace Arrieta in a schedule start on Saturday against the San Diego Padres after being moved from the rotation to the relievers' bullpen last month.

Arrieta is 106-75 with a 3.72 earned-run average and 1,318 strikeouts since his 2010 major league debut with Baltimore.

The Phillies are 61-58, level with the New York Mets for third in the National League East division and two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in a five-team fight for the final National League playoff berth.