After meeting with Dr. Lewis Yocum yesterday Orioles starter Jake Arrieta has decided to undergo season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow.
While he’s done for 2011, the expected recovery timetable of two months should allow him to come into spring training fully healthy next year and the 25-year-old right-hander remains in the Orioles’ long-term rotation plans.
His overall numbers this season aren’t pretty, but Arrieta was 9-4 with a 4.50 ERA and .233 opponents’ batting average in 16 starts through the end of June before fading last month and eventually being shut down.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.