SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Oakland right-hander Jarrod Parker underwent successful surgery on his right elbow, the Athletics announced before Friday night’s exhibition game with the San Francisco Giants.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Neil ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Dr. ElAttrache, using Parker’s revision UCL graft that was done two years ago, reconstructed the medial compartment of Parker’s elbow, including reconstructing the flexor tendon and ulnar collateral ligament complex. Parker returns to Arizona on Saturday.
Parker had his second Tommy John surgery in March of 2014 and hasn’t pitched in the majors since the 2013 AL Division Series. He re-fractured his medial epicondyle during a simulated game on March 10 after originally fracturing it last May while pitching for Triple-A Nashville.
His previous revised UCL did not need repairing and the avulsed medial epicondyle fracture was cleaned up and repaired.
Major League Baseball just announced that free agent catcher Taylor Teagarden has received an 80-game suspension without pay as a result of his violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
This may not have been a big thing in a vacuum. Teagarden has played in only 17 major league games in the past two years, is a 32-year-old free agent and in all likelihood would not have appeared in a big league game again. But the circumstances which have led to this bit of news does make it notable. Those circumstances: he was named in the Al Jazeera report which also named Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman, Peyton Manning and other athletes last December. Howard and Zimmerman have sued over the report and have denied all wrongdoing.
To be clear, Teagarden was shown in an undercover video in the report talking openly about his PED usage and such was not the case for Howard, Zimmerman, Manning or other athletes named in the report. As such, this might just be a case of some low-hanging fruit being snagged by MLB. It is worth watching, however, to see if anything else comes of the Al Jazeera report.
Pablo Sandoval was benched yesterday. Barring serious stumbles from Travis Shaw, he’ll be the league’s most expensive pinch-hitter, backup third baseman and occasional DH.
You won’t be surprised that Sandoval’s agent is not super pleased with this development. Jon Heyman reports that the agent, Rick Thurman of the Beverly Hills Sports Council met with Sandoval today. Afterwards, Thurman said, “If you want to win, why leave the Ferrari in the garage?”
I see where the sentiment is coming from but Thurman needs help with his analogies. I mean, given his client’s current situation, it’s probably not great to compare him to a famously overpriced, hard-to-keep running luxury item that literally everyone on the planet could do without quite easily if they had to.