Indians reliever Nick Hagadone will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing left elbow surgery Thursday.
There was some speculation that Hagadone would need a second Tommy John surgery, but Jordan Bastian of MLB.com writes that the procedure involved stabilizing a fractured medial epicondyle bone in the elbow. This is similar to the injury suffered by Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker earlier this year, which also required surgery from Dr. James Andrews. Hagadone is expected to need six-to-nine months of rehab time, so he could be a bit behind at the start of next season.
Hagadone, 29, owns a 4.72 ERA with 9.3 K/9 and 4.6 BB/9 over 143 relief appearances in the majors. After having a nice year out of Cleveland’s bullpen in 2014, he had a mediocre 4.28 ERA and 28/12 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings this season.
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.
More terrible news for A’s starter Jarrod Parker.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported late Saturday night — or, more accurately, early Sunday morning — that the 26-year-old right-hander has been diagnosed with a fractured medial epicondyle in his pitching elbow. That’s the bone where one end of his Tommy John surgery graft is attached. Surgery is said to be imminent, and it could very well be another Tommy John procedure.
Parker suffered the fracture Friday in a rehab start at Triple-A Nashville. It was his fourth minor league rehab outing, and he was maybe a week or two from returning to the A’s starting rotation after missing all of 2014 following his second Tommy John surgery.
Parker was the ninth overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft out of an Indiana high school and had registered a promising 3.68 ERA and 1.237 WHIP over his first 384 major league innings. What a shame.
MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that the Athletics have acquired reliever Edward Mujica from the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. The Athletics moved pitcher Jarrod Parker to the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster for Mujica. A corresponding move will be made to fit Mujica into the 25-man roster when he reports, Lee adds.
Mujica, 30, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Friday. He struggled, posting a 4.61 ERA with an 8/3 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings. The Athletics’ bullpen has been terrible thus far as their 5.29 ERA is the worst in the American League. A change of scenery for Mujica and a fresh face for the A’s could be exactly what each side needs.