Updating a report from Wednesday: Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta is set to undergo season-ending elbow surgery later this month, per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. The club has yet to make a formal announcement confirming the news.
Arrieta was initially placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with a bone spur in his right elbow. He told reporters that he didn’t expect to pitch again in 2019, though he has no current plans to opt out of the three-year, $75 million contract he inked with the club last year. Saturday’s news confirmed that expectation, as he’ll require a lengthy recovery process following the bone spur removal.
Per Zolecki, the Phillies believe Arrieta will have plenty of time to make a complete recovery in advance of the team’s spring training in 2020. The 33-year-old righty will finish his 10th season in the majors with an 8-8 record in 24 starts, alongside a 4.64 ERA, 3.4 BB/9, 7.3 SO/9, and 1.0 fWAR through 135 2/3 innings.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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