SEATTLE –- Regardless of what happens on the scoreboard at Safeco Field on Friday night, the A’s are getting dealt some unfortunate news on the pitching front.
On the same day that Oakland manager Bob Melvin announced A.J. Griffin is experiencing shoulder soreness, fellow right-hander Jarrod Parker left a rehabilitation start with Triple-A Nashville with an elbow injury.
This tweet from Nashville Sounds radio play-by-play man Jeff Hem (@JeffHemPBP): “For those asking, Jarrod Parker threw a WP on his 87th pitch tonight & went down in pain before leaving.”
Other tweets from fans who were at First Tennessee Park in Nashville say that Parker collapsed on the ground in pain. Parker is recovering from his second reconstructive elbow surgery, and until Friday appeared on target to potentially rejoin the A’s rotation by the end of this month.
The A’s released a statement confirming that Parker left the game with an elbow injury, but that they wouldn’t have more details until he sees a doctor. They did not say when that appointment will happen.
It’s a potentially devastating development for a team that was looking at the return of Parker –- and perhaps Griffin at a later date -– to give its pitching staff a needed boost.
Melvin said before Friday’s game that Griffin is traveling to Oakland to be evaluated further. His simulated game Thursday was cut short when he felt shoulder soreness.
Friday’s start was Parker’s second for Nashville. He also made one for Single-A Stockton.