SEATTLE – Jarrod Parker was scheduled to see a doctor and get tests done on his right elbow Saturday, and A’s manager Bob Melvin expected he might have more information on the pitcher’s condition Sunday.
Melvin did get a chance to talk to Parker on the phone, one day after the right-hander collapsed to the ground in pain after re-injuring his elbow during a rehab start with Triple-A Nashville. The two are tight -- Melvin was Arizona’s manager back in 2007 when the Diamondbacks drafted Parker out of Norwell High School in Indiana, and he got to see Parker develop through the farm system.
“To be expected, obviously he’s a little bit down,” Melvin said before Saturday’s game against the Mariners. “We’re hoping for the best, but it was tough watching the video (of the injury). It breaks your heart.”
Parker is being examined in Nashville but he’ll rejoin the A’s on the upcoming homestand. That’s when the A’s also expect to see right-hander A.J. Griffin and get a better read on his sore right shoulder. The status of both pitchers factors prominently into the state of Oakland’s pitching staff moving forward.
The fact that Parker, 26, has reinjured his elbow is of great concern. He was recovering from his second reconstructive elbow surgery, so it stands to reason another major setback with his elbow could potentially be career-threatening.
But Parker expressed optimism in a tweet he sent out Saturday: “#11 can do this! Thanks for all the …. support. I’ll continue to need!”
In more encouraging injury news, closer Sean Doolittle is tentatively scheduled to face hitters for the second time Monday. If all goes well, a minor league rehab assignment could follow shortly after.
It never hurts to shake things up – catcher Stephen Vogt and shortstop Marcus Semien both showed up in the clubhouse Saturday sporting the clean-shaven look for the first time.
“He looks like he’s about 12 years old,” Melvin said of Semien.