The Oakland Athletics starting rotation took a body blow on Monday when it was learned that right-hander Jarrod Parker—who was likely to be the A’s Opening Day starter—will need a second Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged ligament in his pitching elbow.
Parker will undergo surgery on March 25, according to MLB.com, and will miss the entire season. Parker was examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday because of soreness and tightness in his forearm.
Parker had some problems with his forearm last season and underwent Tommy John surgery to replace a ligament in his elbow in October 2009. He returned to the mound in April 2011 after that procedure.
“We’re not going to have Jarrod Parker in 2014,” A’s assistant general manager David Forst told the San Jose Mercury News. “The first thing is we feel bad for him. It’s hard to predict on pitchers who have a second Tommy John. But it is becoming more frequent.”
Parker, 25, burst onto the scene in 2012, winning a spot in the rotation and posting a 3.47 ERA and 1.263 WHIP in 29 starts and 181.1 innings, posting a 13-8 record and 140 strikeouts.
Last season, Parker started 32 games with a 3.97 ERA and 1.223 WHIP in 197 innings, going 12-8 with 134 Ks.
He’s 1-2 with a 4.58 ERA and 1.245 WHIP in three postseason starts against Detroit the last two seasons. He’s worked 17.2 innings and struck out 12.
Milone, 27, has more experience as a starter, although he was dropped from the rotation late last season. He had a 4.14 ERA and 1.273 WHIP in 156.1 innings last season, striking out 126 while going 12-9.
Chavez, 30, has made only two big-league starts, both when he was with the Blue Jays in 2012. Last season he had a 3.92 ERA and 1.221 WHIP in 57.1 innings, appearing in 35 games and striking out 55. He also recorded one save.
When looking at the A’s pitching depth going into spring training, the thought was that it’s good to have that type of talent available. You just never expected Oakland to have to dig into that depth before the season even got under way.