The Athletics were hoping to have right-hander Jarrod Parker back in their rotation later this month, but that all changed when he recently suffered a fractured medial epicondyle in his pitching elbow. Now he’s scheduled to have surgery tomorrow.
According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, the good news is that the Athletics don’t anticipate that he’ll need a third Tommy John surgery. However, it’s unclear when he’ll be ready to pitch again. Parker is trying to look on the bright side of things after his unfortunate setback:
Parker, who missed all of last season, owns a 3.68 ERA over his first 62 starts in the majors. He turns 27 in November.
The Royals announced this afternoon that they have called up right-hander Joe Blanton from Triple-A Omaha. He’s now back in the majors for the first time since 2013.
Blanton didn’t pitch last season outside of two appearances with the Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate. The 34-year-old signed on with the Royals over the winter and remained with the organization after failing to make the Opening Day roster. He posted a 3.89 ERA and 30/10 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings over six starts and one relief appearance in Triple-A. His minor league contract had an opt-out clause on Friday, so the Royals decided to bring him up rather than let him walk.
Blanton owns a 5.09 ERA dating back to 2010, so it’s hard to expect much, but he’ll likely only be counted on to pitch in middle relief.
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 7-day concussion disabled list. He’s currently dealing with a neck strain and concussion symptoms.
The symptoms apparently stem from when he attempted to dive for a ground ball during Wednesday’s game against the Angels. Morneau was only known to be dealing with a neck issue until now, but given his history of concussions, this news is obviously concerning. Wilin Rosario figures to get most of the playing time at first base during his absence.
After winning the National League batting crown in his first season with Colorado in 2014, Morneau was batting .290/.317/.450 with three home runs and nine RBI through his first 27 games this season.
Sean Marshall has been limited to just 31 appearances in the majors since 2013 due to shoulder issues and now the southpaw needs season-ending surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday and will be performed by Dr. David Altheck.
Marshall, 32, made 15 appearances last season before undergoing surgery in June to repair a torn labrum. The hope was that he would be ready to contribute this season, but he had a setback with his throwing program early on during spring training. Shoulders are tricky and rehabbing from capsule surgery is a rough road, so his future is very much in question.
Marshall struggled as a starter early on in his career with the Cubs, but he soon emerged as one of the game’s best relievers, posting a 2.44 ERA with 10.3 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 247 appearances from 2010-2013. The Reds committed $16.5 million to him from 2013-2015, which looked like a reasonable deal at the time, but his situation is a reminder that giving a lucrative multi-year contract to a reliever is risky business.
Keith Hernandez shaved his trademark mustache in September of 2012 and the world has felt slightly off since. However, I have some good news to pass along here, as Hernandez has announced his intentions to bring it back.
There’s a bit of a catch, though. Hernandez said during the Brewers-Mets game on SNY last night that he’s growing it support of the New York Rangers and their quest for the Stanley Cup. He started when they were down 3-1 to the Washington Capitals in the second round of the playoffs and doesn’t want to mess with what’s working.
So yes, this could all be temporary or maybe he’ll decide to keep it. As I said on Twitter yesterday upon hearing the news, this is sort of like your favorite band going on a reunion tour.