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A’s calling up prospect Jarrod Parker for Wednesday start

Apr 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Jarrod Parker failed to claim a spot in the A’s rotation when he struggled to throw strikes during spring training, but it didn’t take long for the former No. 9 overall pick to enter the team’s plans.

Parker, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in the Trevor Cahill trade this offseason, will be called up from Triple-A to start Wednesday against the White Sox.

He brushed off the spring struggles to throw 21 innings with a 2.18 ERA and 21/6 K/BB ratio in four starts at Triple-A and has recovered extremely well from Tommy John elbow surgery that knocked him out for all of 2010.

In the short term Parker is replacing Graham Godfrey, who was demoted to Triple-A after going 0-3 with a 5.06 ERA in three starts. And in the long term the 23-year-old right-hander projects as a potential No. 1 or No. 2 starter with a mid-90s fastball.

  1. APBA Guy - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    “My Man” Godfrey had a chance, and will no doubt have another as Bartolo Colon trade fever sweeps the A’s front office. Until Bartolo takes his 88% fastball rate to a better team, the remaining A’s fans will have a chance to watch Parker for a few starts. This is what we live for now, the thrill of the Sacramento Shuttle arriving in Oakland, dropping off and picking up.

  2. natstowngreg - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    And so, The Jarrod Parker Watch comes to a close…

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