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The news on Parker isn’t good: medial epicondyle fracture

Jarrod Parker has suffered a medial epicondyle fracture and there's no telling when he might be pitching again.

Jarrod Parker has suffered a medial epicondyle fracture and there’s no telling when he might be pitching again.

The A’s Jarrod Parker has suffered a fracture of the right medial epicondyle, one of the anchors in the arm of a Tommy John surgery, and he is being sent home pending some appointment with doctors.

Parker, hurt throwing a pitch in the sixth inning Friday for Nashville on an injury rehabilitation assignment, was checked out by Vanderbilt’s Dr. David Liddle Saturday. Parker’s arm was both X-rayed and subjected to a CT-scan.

“We don’t know how much this is going to set back his recovery at this point in time,’’ A’s trainer Nick Paparesta said after the A’s 7-2 loss to Seattle. “He’s going to go home, where we’re going to set him up to see some specialists and see what our options are.

  “It seems like surgery is kind of imminent, what kind of surgery we kind of have to wait and see.’’

Asked how long this would keep Parker out, Paparesta wouldn’t say, but since this Parker is recovering from a second Tommy John surgery and the medial epicondyle is one of the anchors of that surgery, there’s no way to tell if the graft is still holding. There might be just a need to repair the fractured bone or the fracture might have to be done with what in essence would be a third Tommy John surgery.

“We have to figure out what the best option is to get this thing healed,’’ Paparesta said. “Find out if the graft is still intact and if everything is the way it should be and figure out what we need to get done and when. They won’t know until they get in and do the fracture.’’

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.