According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker re-fractured his medial epicondyle in his right elbow. He has already had two Tommy John surgeries and fractured his elbow last season. He was hoping to come back as a reliever this season.
Bad news for Jarrod Parker MRI shows he has refractured media epichondral in right elbow. #Athletics
— John Hickey (@JHickey3) March 11, 2016
Matt Kawahara of the Sacramento Bee posted video of the injury on Thursday:
And video clip of Parker throwing today. Injury occurs at the end. pic.twitter.com/Xg6FAMzymn
— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) March 11, 2016
Parker, 27, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013 when he threw 197 innings with a 3.97 ERA and 4.40 FIP. He has thrown 384 career major-league innings with a 3.86 ERA and 3.93 FIP. The former first-round pick was acquired by the A’s from the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011 and was considered a top prospect.
Although Parker hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013, he has been accumulating service time. This is his second year of arbitration and it will be the second year in a row that he will make $850,000. He will be a free agent after the 2017 season.
Hopefully, Parker can make a full recovery so baseball fans can have the pleasure of watching him pitch in a major-league game again.