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.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).