The good news the A’s had been hoping for concerning Jarrod Parker vanished in a particularly jarring and cruel way Friday.
Jarrod Parker has suffered a refracture of his medial epicondyle while throwing a pitch Thursday in a bullpen workout.
Instead of some kind of muscular impingement that would mean the veteran might not miss too much time, an MRI showed the right-handed starter had refractured the medial epicondyle in his right elbow while releasing a pitch in a bullpen session Thursday.
A’s general manager David Forst, manager Bob Melvin and trainer Nick Paparesta met with Parker before Friday’s road Cactus League game with the Reds to break the news. Paparesta had called Forst at 5:30 a.m. as soon as the results of the MRI were in, but Parker didn’t get to the A’s Mesa complex until late morning.
“We met with Jarrod and he responded as you might respect,’’ Forst said. “He had an idea it was coming.’’
Parker’s season, which had begun with the right-hander feeling strong and throwing with confidence after missing the last two big league seasons, is now more than likely over. There will be time later to see where his career goes. For now, Parker will take the weekend off, visit with his parents who are in town, then will sit with the A’s and the medical specials to see how to proceed.
The 27-year-old veteran already had been on a two-year journey that he’d hope would get him back to the big leagues, where he hasn’t pitched since 2013. He had Tommy John-style ligament replacement surgery two years ago this month, a surgery he’d also had in 2010. He’d hoped to return to the big leagues last year, but while making an injury rehabilitation start that was supposed to be his last step toward returning, he suffered the first medial epicondyle break.
The A’s had hoped for a better result from the MRI based on the fact that the pain Thursday was on the opposite side of the elbow from the earlier surgeries. But Forst said when Parker woke up Friday morning, the pain and swelling had migrated, and Parker told the club he was “expecting the worst’’ when Forst, manager Bob Melvin and trainer Nick Paparesta met with him Friday morning to break the news.
Asked if Parker will be able to pitch again, Forst said “we’re not there yet. It’s not important right now. We just want to be sure Jarrod is OK. That’s the most important thing.’’
Forst said the A’s will be OK, but that their focus is on one of the club’s favorites sons. Parker has been in the organization since 2012, and his relationship with Melvin goes back even further to when both manager and pitcher were in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization.