Jarrod Parker Injury: Updates on Athletics SP's Elbow and Return

Daniel KramerFeatured Columnist

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 10:  Starting pitcher Jarrod Parker #11 of the Oakland Athletics on the mound during the spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on March 10, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jarrod Parker refractured the medial epicondyle in his right elbow during a March 10 simulated game and will require surgery. It is uncertain when he will return to action.

Continue for updates. 

Parker Comments on Surgery, Recovery

Monday, March 21

"I think I've put in enough effort and I can put in more effort to continue to give myself chances," Parker said, per Jane Lee of MLB.com when asked about continuing his career.

"They're the experts and, moving forward, I just have to keep the same attitude I've had and push through it just like the last couple times," Parker said. "I'm always realizing that it could be worse. It's still a game. I'm a grown man playing a kid's game and have the chance to do that. There's always a lot worse that can happen, whether it's in this game or outside of baseball."

Parker Continues to Battle Arm Troubles

Parker has twice undergone Tommy John surgery and suffered another broken elbow last season.

The 27-year-old was the ninth overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and after five seasons in the minors was traded to Oakland. 

There, he made the big league roster immediately and compiled a 25-16 record with a 3.68 ERA, a 1.237 WHIP and 247 strikeouts over the 2012 and 2013 seasons. 

But he hasn’t pitched in the majors since. He was in line to be the A’s Opening Day starter in 2014—the year they went on to become one of the best regular-season teams—but was derailed by the news he’d once again need Tommy John surgery.

Eno Sarris of FanGraphs elaborated on the extent of his latest injury, which doesn’t offer much optimism:

Elbow injuries have become an epidemic among major league pitchers the last decade-plus, and Parker’s continued injuries are a byproduct of the sad reality of today’s game.