Updates from Monday, July 7
Joe Stiglich of Comcast Sportsnet California reported on Jarrod Parker's recovery:
Jarrod Parker rehab coming along well. He's hoping to be cleared to start throwing in 2-3 weeks. #Athletics— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) July 7, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, March 25
Jarrod Parker updated fans on his status following his surgery via his Twitter account:
Appreciate & want to thank everyone for the support, nice messages and kind words! Finished 1st follow up/therapy pic.twitter.com/zdRWgD2S12— Jarrod Parker (@JarrodBParker) March 25, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, March 19
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has the latest on Jarrod Parker's surgery:
Jarrod Parker's Tommy John surgery has been moved up a day to Monday. Dr. James Andrews will perform surgery in Fla.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 19, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, March 18
Jarrod Parker spoke about his injury and spirits following the news (via John Hickey of InsideBayArea.com and Jane Lee of MLB.com):
Jarrod Parker also said Dr. James Andrews had been "a little concerned last fall" when Parker's forearm pain first cropped up. #Athletics— John Hickey (@JHickey3) March 18, 2014
Parker says he's received hundreds of texts of support. "Some have made me laugh, some have made me teary-eyed."— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) March 18, 2014
Parker's heard the numbers on second TJ surgery. Says, "I don't want to be another statistic. I want to be different."— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) March 18, 2014
Parker: "It's tough. It's never easy ... I've done it before. I can do it again."— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) March 18, 2014
Updates from Monday, March 17
Jane Lee of MLB.com has the latest on Jarrod Parker's injury:
Jarrod Parker will undergo Tommy John surgery next Tuesday, A's announce.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) March 17, 2014
Assistant general manager David Forst spoke about Parker's injury via Lee:
Forst: "Obviously we feel bad for Jarrod. I know he worked hard this offseason...and was hoping to be at the top of the rotation this year."— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) March 17, 2014
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jarrod Parker is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Monday after experiencing tightness in his forearm.
The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser was the first to report:
Parker will see Dr. Andrews on Monday in Alabama. Griffin to see Dr. Freedberg in Scottsdale tomorrow.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 14, 2014
Comcast SportsNet California's Joe Stiglich also reports that Parker could possibly miss the start of the regular season this spring as a result:
Griffin and Parker both could potentially miss start of season, Melvin says. But doctor visits will tell more. #Athletics— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) March 14, 2014
Bob Melvin also noted that "certainly the start of the season is in jeopardy,” according to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Susan Slusser.
It remains to be seen how severe Parker's injury is and whether it will sideline him for an extended period of time. But for now, the A's will be hoping for the best possible news when the 25-year-old meets with doctors early next week.
Parker has gone 25-16 with a 3.73 ERA over the past two seasons with Oakland and has made three postseason starts for the A's as well.
Through 9.1 innings pitched in spring training, Parker holds a 10.61 ERA and a WHIP of 1.61 to go along with eight strikeouts.
Nonetheless, Parker's long-term prognosis will go a long way in determining whether the A's repeat as American League West champions in 2014.