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“Jake’s elbow is limiting his ability to get into certain positions, so to some degree yes,” Kapler said of Arrieta’s recent 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.”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 of us against the Nationals and we’re going to support him.” Related News MLB All-Star Game 2019: Cleveland scoreboard didn’t have Gold Glove night MLB All-Star 2019: 3 takeaways from the American League’s 7th straight win Phillies All-Star J.T. Realmuto interested in signing extension, report says Jake Arrieta may be dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow, but Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said the team has no intention of shutting him down yet.Kapler appeared on SportsRadio 94WIP Wednesday, where he revealed Arrieta will continue to pitch as the team looks into a long-term plan for his elbow. Arrieta, 33, will start Friday in the first of a three-game series against the Nationals. According to Kapler, how well Arrieta does will determine the team’s next course of action. “Yeah, we’ll get some scans and we’ll take a look,” Kapler said. “I think what will give us the best indication is how he feels in his next start.”It’s expected that Arrieta will need surgery sometime in the near future. He’s been struggling with the Phillies this season, posting a 4.67 ERA and an 8-7 record so far this season.It’s not the first time Arrieta has dealt with bone spurs — his season was cut short in August 2011 while he was with the Orioles after he had surgery to remove them from his elbow.