Thursday night A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker saw his first game action since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last March, making a minor-league rehab start at Single-A.
Parker threw 3.2 innings, allowing allowing three runs on four hits while striking out one and walking zero. And then afterward he tweeted this:
Parker has been aiming at an early June return to the A’s, lengthening the usual 12-month recovery timetable because this is the 26-year-old’s second career Tommy John surgery. Prior to being shut down the former top-10 draft pick started 61 games for the A’s, going 25-16 with a 3.73 ERA.
Ron Gardenhire, who was last seen walking around spring training chomping on a cigar after being fired by the Twins, is ready to start looking for another managing job.
Gardenhire told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that he’s “not actively pursuing” a job, noting that he doesn’t want any of the 30 current managers to feel like he’s trying to get them fired. However, according to Rosenthal he’s hired an agent for the first time since 1987 “to monitor possible managerial openings” and “is willing to consider virtually any position.”
Gardenhire still had one year remaining on his contract when the Twins fired him, so he’s getting paid to do nothing at the moment, but he clearly has the itch already and as a 57-year-old with 13 seasons of experience and a generally favorable reputation across baseball he’d seemingly be an ideal midseason replacement manager.
Overall with the Twins he had a 1,068-1,039 record for a .506 winning percentage, but that consisted of lots of division titles early on followed by four consecutive 90-loss seasons. And his 6-21 record in the playoffs is also part of Gardenhire’s legacy in Minnesota. As a Twins fan who closely watched Gardenhire’s entire tenure he’s not someone I’d want managing my team at this point, but he’s certainly far from a bad manager and seems very capable of sliding into a job without much fuss to try to turn around a struggling team in the second half.
Milwaukee is off to an MLB-worst 2-13 start after collapsing in the second half last season, but Brewers owner Mark Attanasio insists manager Ron Roenicke’s job is safe.
Right now, my examinations are focused on how to improve our performance on the field. Relative to me, I’m not looking at the manager or the general manager right now.
I know how bad we’ve played. But we’re 14 games into the season, and Ron didn’t give up two grand slams [Tuesday]. I think we have to kind of parse through it. Everybody needs to be accountable, but we have to look at what people are responsible for, and then hold them accountable for what they’re responsible for.
Injuries have hit the Brewers very had, especially with catcher Jonathan Lucroy and center fielder Carlos Gomez, but they’re now 13-38 in their last 51 games dating back to last season. That’s an amazing collapse considering they were 71-55 before all the losses started piling up.
It’s also worth noting that Attanasio exercised the 2016 option on Roenicke’s contract last month, removing the potential lame-duck status for a manager with a 337-326 (.508) record since taking over the job in 2011. Doug Melvin is one of the longest-tenured general managers in baseball, holding the job since 2003.