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Jake Arrieta unlikely to pitch again this season for Phils

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PHILADELPHIA — Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta says he’s likely going to have season-ending surgery soon because of a bone spur in his pitching elbow.

Arrieta has been pitching through pain for several starts but his inability to go more than five innings led him to shut it down. He’s scheduled for an MRI on Thursday and will determine his course of action afterward.

Arrieta won the 2015 NL Cy Young Award with the Cubs. He has been mediocre since he joined the Phils on a three-year, $75 million contract in March 2018. The deal includes team options for $22.5 million in ’21 and ’22. Arrieta also can opt out after this season but it’s unlikely he’ll give up the $20 million he’s due next year.

He is 8-8 with a 4.64 ERA this season and was 10-11 with a 3.96 ERA in 2018.

Zach Eflin will rejoin the starting rotation and take Arrieta’s spot on Saturday.

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