Arrieta likely done for season
Orioles starter Jake Arrieta, the team leader in wins, will see noted orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum on August 10th to examine a fibrous mass near his right elbow that will cost him his next start and likely the rest of the season.
The sense is that the 25-year-old Arrieta is probably headed for surgery to remove the mass –which is similar to a bone spur, but is softer in mass – although that decision hasn’t been finalized, and won’t be until after he is seen by Yocum, who has examined the area several times already this season. In the interim, the right-hander –who has been plagued with elbow discomfort in a handful of prior starts — will not make his next scheduled start and will not do any throwing, making a trip to the disabled list an obvious route.
“It’s more of a command issue with him,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Arrieta who walked a season-high six batters and hit Derek Jeter on the hand in his start on Sunday in New York.
“The velocity’s been OK, it hasn’t been as consistent. I think it’s really, if he feels like it’s effecting his command, Jake obviously has had a lot better command track record than he’s had here for the most part…if it’s a physical thing, obviously that weighs on you mentally, too.”
In his first full big league season, Arrieta is 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 22 games, walking 59 batters and striking out 93 over 119 1/3 innings. If Arrieta –who opted to not have the procedure done last winter — does decide on surgery, it will be done a few days after seeing Yocum and he would ready to start next season.
“The best news is there’s no symptoms that you get with a ligament pain,” Showalter said. “So, that’s a good sign. And if they decide to do something [after the appointment on] the 10th. He’d be ready to go next spring.
I got a sneaking suspicion of where it’s going to go, but we’ll see. We’ll hope for the best.”
Arrieta was shut down last season in mid-September and originally planned on having the procedure done, but ultimately decided against it, reasoning that it had been there for a while and hadn’t caused him any pain. He has had the issue since his time at Texas Christian University and possibly all the way to high school and admitted to experiencing elbow discomfort at least twice this season prior to Sunday’s start.
New Oriole Tommy Hunter –who was acquired in Saturday’s trade with Texas — will likely take Arrieta’s next scheduled start on Friday.