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Jake Arrieta will miss start, could be shut down for season

And the news doesn't stop for the Orioles

Right-hander Jake Arrieta has been shut down, will see Dr. Lewis Yocum on Aug. 10 about the fibrous mass in his right elbow and likely will have surgery to remove it.

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If that's the case, he'll be done for the season but ready for 2012.

Arrieta has tried to pitch with the mass -- which is like a bone spur -- this year, but it has affected his command. After a six-walk game Sunday, Arrieta and the team decided to have it examined again.

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Right now, the Orioles are saying he'll miss just one start. But the likelihood is that he'll decide on surgery and is done for the season. That's not official yet -- and won't be until Aug. 10.

If he is put on the disabled list, the Orioles could recall someone whon they sent out this week -- such as Jason Berken or Pedro Viola.

Also, Troy Patton has to leave the team Wednesday to deal with a Thursday morning hearing stemming from his arrest on drunken-driving charges this winter. It's possible the team just sends him to the minors instead of playing a man short -- especially with lefty Jo-Jo Reyes expected to join the Orioles on Wednesday.

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