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A’s Opening Day starter Jarrod Parker needs a second Tommy John surgery

Mar 17, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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Another day, another young pitcher lost to Tommy John elbow surgery. This time it’s A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker, who was slated to start on Opening Day and will instead be undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time at age 25.

Parker had the first surgery while in the Diamondbacks’ farm system and bounced back very well, posting a 3.73 ERA in 378 innings for the A’s during the past two seasons after coming over in the late-2011 trade for Trevor Cahill.

The list of pitchers who’ve come back from multiple Tommy John surgeries isn’t a particularly long one, however, so it’s much tougher to predict how he’ll fare this time around. Best-case scenario is that he’ll miss all of this season and be ready to rejoin the rotation early next year.

Oakland also just lost A.J. Griffin for at least a month with flexor tendinitis and the news may get even worse, as the A’s had to scratch Scott Kazmir from today’s scheduled start with a triceps strain. Assuming (please!) that the A’s can keep Sonny Gray healthy for the next couple weeks it looks like he’ll be the Opening Day starter with a grand total of 10 regular season starts under his belt.

  1. echech88 - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Yikes. Oakland and Texas pitching injuries sure look like they could make the division a lot more wide open than it was a month ago.

    • bendover09 - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      The rangers had bigger health injuries last year at the pitching spot and still posted a 3.62 ERA

      …so how will this open up a division? Angels have 0 pitching along with depth. Seattle still needs tons of offense to even leave a mark.

      I still see the A’s and the Rangers at the top of the board

  2. gothapotamus90210 - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    That Tommy John’s so hot right now.

  3. Detroit Michael - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    FYI, Dr. Stan Conte of the Dodgers was quoted this weekend as saying perhaps 16-18 months is needed to come back from a second Tommy John Surgery. I don’t independently know whether it’s correct, but the standard “about 12 month” recover time might not apply to those ungoing this surgery for a second time.

  4. scatterbrian - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    So Kazmir, Gray, Straily, Milone, ???


    • billybawl - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Chavez for now.

  5. number42is1 - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Where is Bravo with the “BSOHL” list? we need a TJS one as well…

    • missthemexpos - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      The way things are going, we will soon need a MTJS list, the M standing for Multiple.

    • indaburg - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      I was going to attempt it, but the list would be too damn long. “At one point during the 2013 season, sportswriter Richard Justice calculated, one-third of all active major-league pitchers had undergone Tommy John surgery.”

      Here’s Baseball Reference’s list of active and inactive pitchers:

      I don’t know how up-to-date it is because it doesn’t list Parker’s first UCL surgery. Still, I was surprised by some of the names on the list.

  6. recoveringcubsfan - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    In other news, the Tommy John Surgical Co. announced today that, due to a problem with quality control in one of its factories, all TJ-brand surgeries from 2010-2013 are being recalled….

  7. 13yrsmlbvet - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    All these TJ surgeries are a classic example of a disconnect between the player, pitching coach, strength staff and training staff. Somewhere there is a broken trust/communication issue that shows up with missed time injuries. There needs to be one constant belief and methodology.

  8. APBA Guy - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    This is rough for the A’s, as I pointed out the other day, Parker had that big Verducci effect in IP from 2011 to 2012, from 135 to 201 (majors and minors combined), when he was 22 and 23. That’s part of the evolving use-theory that you ride your young pitchers in their control years if you have no chance-or little chance-of extending them. Of course, I don’t think the theory calls for destroying their value altogether. Let’s hope Parker comes back in 18 months at full strength, which is in time for Spring training of 2016.

  9. aceinthehole12 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Sucks to lose Parker, not just because he’s our ace but because he’s 25 and going in for his second Tommy John.
    A’s have a pretty deep rotation in the bigs and even a few AAA guys that can step up so I’m not really worried. Just need to make sure that Sonny and Scott do well.

  10. disgracedfury - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Billy Beane trying to pillage every farm system has come to bite him in the @$$.What that dumb book Money Ball doesn’t tell him is when you have all these pitching prospects you will have allot of injuries.

    • moogro - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      argle-bargle burp!

  11. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    So does this mean he won’t be their opening day starter?

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