“I would have liked it to go differently,” Arrieta told reporters Wednesday. “I would have liked to pitch the remainder of the season healthy, but it’s something that I really couldn’t control. The spur stayed pretty dormant for 7-8 years, and it decided to give me trouble and get to a size now where this is only option to me getting back to the pitcher that I am. And that’s OK. This is what I have to do.”
Arrieta, who has been pitching through pain this summer with sporadic effectiveness, told reporters that if he has the arthroscopic procedure, he’ll “probably” not pitch again this season.
He’s scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday, which will help determine his course of action.
Over his past 13 starts, Arrieta has a 5.76 ERA with 84 hits and 25 walks allowed in 65 2/3 innings.
Arrieta won the 2015 NL Cy Young Award with the Cubs. He has been mediocre since he joined the Phils on a three-year, $75 million contract in March 2018. The deal includes team options for $22.5 million in 2021 and ’22. Arrieta also can opt out after this season but it’s unlikely he’ll give up the $20 million he’s due next year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.