The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Breen reports that Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta underwent knee surgery a couple weeks ago to address a meniscus injury suffered during a weight training session, per manager Gabe Kapler. Arrieta is still expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.
The Phillies inked Arrieta to a three-year, $75 million contract last March. In his first season with the Phillies, the right-hander posted a 3.96 ERA with a 138/57 K/BB ratio in 172 2/3 innings.
Provided he is indeed healthy, Arrieta will slot in at No. 2 in the Phillies’ rotation behind Aaron Nola. In other rotation-related news, Jerad Eickhoff experienced recurring carpal tunnel symptoms last month after having undergone surgery for it at the end of last season, according to Scott Lauber. Eickhoff is hoping to snag a spot at the back of the rotation.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.
The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.
At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.