5:40pm: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that it is “likely” that Parker now faces a third Tommy John procedure.
11:35am: Athletics righty Jarrod Parker will undergo surgery on his injured right arm on April 1st, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle was among those to report (Twitter links). Parker was recently diagnosed with a re-fracture of the medial epicondyle in his right elbow.
It’s not yet clear precisely what procedure will be undertaken, but it will be performed by noted surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Parker, of course, previously had the same injury addressed in surgery and progressed quite a ways in his rehab before it reoccurred. He’s also had two Tommy John procedures performed in recent years.
Parker, 27, had been said to be weighing his options after his latest setback. He was attempting to return as a reliever after showing promise earlier in his career as a member of the Oakland rotation.
Though he made it back for some minor league action last year, Parker hasn’t thrown in the majors since 2013. He avoided arbitration with Oakland this year for $850K, half of it guaranteed, and is eligible for arbitration one final time in the 2017 season.