Arrieta to have bone spur removed; out for year

Arrieta to have bone spur removed; out for year

Arrieta to have bone spur removed; out for year
Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta will undergo season-ending surgery to remove the bone spur in his right elbow on Friday in California.

The procedure had been a near-certainty since Arrieta was put on the disabled list on Aug. 1 and it was reaffirmed after he had a CT scan and MRI arthogram -- which involves contrast dye -- and visited orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles early Friday.

The only other option for Arrieta -- who is experiencing pain in the area and has struggled with his command -- would have been to get cortisone shots in the area frequently during the season, but the right-hander said in a text message he didn't want to "mask an injury," and would prefer to just have the spur removed.

The full recovery time is 2 1/2 months and, given the surgery's timing, Arrieta will be able to have a normal offseason throwing program and is expected to be at full strength next Spring Training.

The 25-year-old Arrieta went 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 22 games. His 10 wins lead the Baltimore staff.

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