MESA, Ariz. – Jarrod Parker will have his fractured elbow examined by a specialist in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning as the A’s right-hander contemplates his next course of action.
Manager Bob Melvin said Parker will visit Dr. Neil ElAttrache to get a CT scan and X-rays on his elbow, and then in all likelihood return to the team as he decides his future plans.
After two Tommy John surgeries and two elbow fractures -- the most recent happening Thursday as he faced hitters in live batting practice – it’s unknown if Parker, 27, will try to resume his pitching career. Melvin said the A’s might not have results of the X-rays for a few days.
Parker actually spent part of Sunday at Hohokam Stadium and joined his teammates on the bench for part of that day’s game against the Cubs, though he did not address the media.
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Monday night’s lineup against the Giants wasn’t a full-fledged Opening Day look, but the middle of the order is one that fans could very well see in the April 4 opener against the Chicago White Sox.
Right fielder Josh Reddick was penciled in to hit third against Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto, with third baseman Danny Valencia in the cleanup spot followed by catcher Stephen Vogt and designated hitter Khris Davis (Davis is expected to be in left field Opening Night).
That’s the kind of left-right-left-right combo that Melvin often prefers going with, though he cautioned there’s lots of moving parts with Oakland’s lineup.
“You combine tonight’s lineup with (Tuesday’s) lineup, and it’s somewhere in between,” Melvin said. “We have a lot of guys you could consider starters. Between all these guys, we’ll try to come up with a left-handed lineup and a right-handed lineup.”
The A’s optioned second baseman Joey Wendle and right-handers J.B. Wendelken and Andrew Triggs to Triple-A Nashville. Triggs was claimed off waivers from Baltimore on Sunday.