Jarrod Parker faces hitters for first time since Tommy John surgery


Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery in March, but everything has gone according to plan with his rehab process and yesterday he took his most important step yet.

According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, Parker faced hitters yesterday for the first time since surgery. It was only 20 pitches against minor leaguers, but he was pain-free and said that everything went “really well.”

Parker previously had Tommy John surgery in 2010, so the A’s are going to be extra careful not to rush things. He likely won’t be a candidate to help at the major league level until around midseason.

Parker, 26, owns a 3.68 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 across 62 starts in the majors.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.