Jarrod Parker To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

2:49pm: Athletics assistant GM David Forst tells reporters, including MLB.com's Jane Lee, that Kazmir's injury is very minor, and he could have pitched today (Twitter link). Slusser tweets that Kazmir may even start tomorrow.

Forst also adds that the team has no plans to look outside the organization to acquire additional pitching depth (Joe Stiglich of Comcast SportsNet reporting via Twitter).

2:38pm: The Athletics have announced, via Twitter, that right-hander Jarrod Parker will undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career next week.

It's a big blow for the defending AL West champions, and though the team has more pitching depth than most clubs, they also shut right-hander A.J. Griffin down for three weeks over the weekend and will likely be without him for at least the first month of the season, per the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser (on Twitter). Beyond that, offseason signee Scott Kazmir was scratched from today's Spring Training start due to triceps stiffness.

With Parker and Griffin on the shelf, the A's would figure to open the season with Kazmir (if his triceps injury is minor), Sonny Gray, Dan Straily, Tommy Milone and one of Drew Pomeranz, Jesse Chavez or Josh Lindblom in the rotation (Slusser earlier tweeted that it would likely be Chavez). Obviously, that's a considerably weaker group than it would be with a healthy Parker and Griffin in the mix, and it's fair to wonder if the A's will pursue a trade to add further depth — perhaps an out-of-options starter from another club.

Parker, 25, has given the A's 378 1/3 innings of 3.73 ERA ball with 6.5 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 over the past two seasons, helping the club to a pair of AL West division titles. Oakland originally acquired him from the Diamondbacks along with Ryan Cook and Collin Cowgill in the trade that sent Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow to Arizona. His first Tommy John surgery came back in October 2009 when he was still in the Diamondbacks organization.

The news is the latest in a slew of Tommy John surgeries, as Kris Medlen is all but certain to require Tommy John, while Brandon Beachy also faces that possibility and Patrick Corbin will seemingly suffer that same fate as well. Beyond that, Padres right-hander Joe Wieland is undergoing an MRI today that could reveal UCL damage and lead to his second Tommy John operation.


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72 Comments on "Jarrod Parker To Undergo Tommy John Surgery"


OaklandFan22
1 year 5 months ago

uve gotta be kidding me…….

LocustFarm
1 year 5 months ago

The amount of injuries to pitchers this spring is pretty staggering.

NickinIthaca
1 year 5 months ago

It’s gotta be time to start working with pitchers – be it their conditioning, or their throwing motions. Something (other than the elbow) has got to give….

Iconoclast17
1 year 5 months ago

It’s the throwing motion. There’s a documentary from the ’90’s featuring former Dodger relief horse/closer Mike Marshall (pitched 106 games one year) where he discusses this very problem. MLB did not want to hear it.

Raylan Givens' Stetson
1 year 5 months ago

Is some surgeon having a sale or something?

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

Think he is tying it off to only hold up for a few years now.

Derpy
1 year 5 months ago

This is shaping up to be a bad year for elbows. Yes, every year there are lots of elbow injuries, but it seems that this year is extra bad. It is like when you have a bad flu season.

CodyBedell
1 year 5 months ago

I have never seen this maeny

jtmoore25
1 year 5 months ago

awesome… now i know that “elbow tightness” is a euphemism

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 5 months ago

That and forearm

Tommets
1 year 5 months ago

Teams have to do something with all of these guys going down with TJ. This is getting really bad.

Derpy
1 year 5 months ago

Also, with all of these second TJs happening around the same time, it makes me wonder. I know there are multiple ways to perform a TJ, and some of those ways were very recently developed, could it be that the new method has a major flaw? It would be interesting to see a spreadsheet of who had which version of the surgery and who was the surgeon.

Puig Power
1 year 5 months ago

Lindblom is starting now? Wow. If anyone can get through this it’s the A’s.

budgreen
1 year 5 months ago

Pomeranz will probably start before Lindblom.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

if this were football, we would be discussing a ban on pitching.

Rook
1 year 5 months ago

Thats awful. These young pitchers are dropping like flies.
Hope Parker can make a full recovery.

SDFriars
1 year 5 months ago

Baseball keeps taking hits to some key role players on what were contending teams. Pitchers have lived a nightmare this spring.

CodyBedell
1 year 5 months ago

I have never seen this meany Pitchers need 2nd TJ surgeries in my life. Plus the amount of players every year that need the first one, its getting ridiculous. I think it’s time to find a new way to do the surgery, or find a new surgery. We also need to look at everything pitches do and find out what is hurting the elbow the most and change it.

CodyBedell
1 year 5 months ago

Pitchers

NickinIthaca
1 year 5 months ago

You correct “pitchers” and not “meany”? I don’t get it….

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

It must be Tommy Johns season.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

he has been a real Cy Young this season.

Metsfan27
1 year 5 months ago

Mets give up some of their pitching to acquire Jed Lowrie?

bg7kd
1 year 5 months ago

Not happening. We have enough pitching.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

Mets pitching has gotten hit with its own set of injuries this season too. Doubt they trade for a win now piece like Lowrie.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

they could call Atlanta for some pitching help. Wait…

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

Dr. James Andrews is going to have a good year this year.

vtadave
1 year 5 months ago

Yeah if you’re an out of work sports surgeon, your employment prospects have to be looking better.

Jesse Rodriguez
1 year 5 months ago

If only we knew the future, Brett Anderson would have still been here

budgreen
1 year 5 months ago

He still would have started like 5 games before tripping over himself and ending up on the DL.

Seamaholic
1 year 5 months ago

Wow. Isn’t he another one that uses a slider a lot?

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

Not really, for his career FB (34.2%) 2 seam FB (29.2%) Change (21.5%) Slider (13.8%) Curve (probably sliders or changes pitchFX called curves, 0.8%)

diehardmets
1 year 5 months ago

Hudson, Luebke, Venters, Medlen, Beachy, and now Turner and Weiland (likely) are all going for their second round of TJ. After years where it seemed like a second TJ was rarely necessary, this latest wave of young starters going under the knife a second time has me very worried about Harvey.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

I read a while back that a typically TJ is effective for 4-5 years. I could be off in the range of years but I found it interesting. I would now love to find this article in light of the rash of second TJ candidates.

Cubstein
1 year 5 months ago

Could also be wrong but I thought it was more like 10 years.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

Parker and Medlen have been around 5 years each. Someone has mentioned a possible change In the procedure. Could be something to that, and I bet this outbreak will lead to questions.

Cabro Epico
1 year 5 months ago

Dr. Andrews might have to outsource some work. Hope Parker comes back and is able to pitch at a high level again.