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Jake Arrieta to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

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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.

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.