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Jarrod Parker retires

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Pitcher Jarrod Parker has retired from baseball, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The 29-year-old right-hander hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2013 and hadn’t pitched at all in a professional competitive game since 2015 as a result of recurring injuries. Parker said, “I’m not entertaining any offers, let’s put it that way. I’m just working through the logistical stuff.”

Parker, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery twice as well as surgery for a broken elbow twice. He was selected by the Diamondbacks in the first round (ninth overall) in the 2007 draft and was a consensus top-100 prospect as he made his way through the minor league system. Parker made his major league debut, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Dodgers in late September 2011, his only appearance for the D-Backs. He was traded to the Athletics in the offseason.

Parker made 29 starts for the A’s in 2012, posting a 3.47 ERA. He followed up with a 3.97 ERA across 32 starts in 2013, but that would be the last we would see of him in the big leagues.

With baseball in the rear view mirror, Slusser notes that Parker is considering a career in the health industry. He would like to use his experience as a way to help others. Parker said, “I’d like to pass along that knowledge and information. I know the mental battles — and I know there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.