The bone spur in Jake Arrieta’s elbow will not force him to the injured list, at least not yet. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler confirmed on 94.1 WIP Wednesday morning that Arrieta will start against the Nationals this weekend.
“Jake’s elbow is limiting his ability to get into certain positions, so to some degree, yes,” Kapler said, when asked if the bone spur is a reason for Arrieta’s struggles.
“He’s having a harder time getting extended the way he normally does, especially on that curveball. This is limiting his ability to throw the ball where he wants to throw it. All of that said, Jake is a competitor. And for the Phillies, it’s always worth considering if Jake at 85 percent of himself is a better option than what we have at Triple A.
“And, finally, I think this is an important note in answering this question: It’s not terribly uncommon for veteran pitchers to successfully pitch with issues like this one. So, as of now, Jake will make his start against the Nationals and we’re going to support him.”
Kapler confirmed Arrieta will have scans done on his elbow, but said Arrieta’s next start will give the Phillies their best indication of his long-term availability this season.