Talk about a blow to your rotation.
On Saturday, the Philadelphia Phillies announced that veteran right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta will undergo season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow. While this was expected, it still hurts Philly.
Philadelphia does expect Arrieta to be ready to go come spring training next year. It did seem very possible that the 33-year-old hurler was headed for surgery to fix his elbow, especially after being placed on the injured list.
Arrieta tried to pitch through the injury, but he wasn't getting the results he was looking for. In 24 starts this season, Arrieta owned an 8-8 record with a 4.64 ERA and had 110 strikeouts over 135.2 innings.
Philadelphia doesn't have much depth in the starting rotation, making you wonder if they'll put Nick Pivetta or Vince Velasquez back in the starting staff to take Arrieta's spot.
Arrieta has one year remaining on his three-year deal he signed with the Phillies last year.