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Athletics option Jarrod Parker to Triple-A after he walks seven in Monday start

Mar 19, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

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Jarrod Parker was the centerpiece of the deal which sent Trevor Cahill to the Diamondbacks in December, but he showed this afternoon that he may need a little more seasoning.

Parker issued seven walks over just 3 2/3 innings against Arizona, after which he was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. The 23-year-old right-hander undoubtedly had some nerves facing his former team, but he walked three batters in each of his previous two outings and averaged 3.8 BB/9 last season at Double-A after missing the entire 2010 season following Tommy John surgery.

Even though Parker was sent down, Athletics manager Bob Melvin told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he hasn’t necessarily ruled him out for the final spot in the starting rotation. The team won’t need a fifth starter for the first time until April 17 due to scheduled off-days, so the plan calls for him to stay behind and work in Arizona for now.

“I know he’s disappointed about not going to Japan, but that doesn’t mean he’s not in the running for the fifth-starter spot,” Melvin said “He is going to be part of this team, if not right now, certainly in the future. He’s as talented a guy as we have here.”

As of now, Tommy Milone, Tyson Ross and Graham Godfrey figure to follow Brandon McCarthy and Bartolo Colon in Oakland’s starting rotation.

  1. APBA Guy - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    In every story about Parker we readers need to be reminded of how small the age difference is between Parker and Cahill (a few months). Trading an established major league pitcher for a guy his own age who has yet to pitch in the majors and has had a serious arm injury from which he may not yet be fully recovered, all to save a very few dollars, it’s just more evidence of the need for ownership change in Oakland.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:33 AM

      I just looked at that trade again. Sheesh. Cowgill better be the second coming of Roger Maris, or I’d be one furious A’s fan.

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