Jarrod Parker left a minor league rehab start with an elbow injury

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Athletics starter Jarrod Parker left a rehab start with Triple-A Nashville on Friday with an injury to his right elbow, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports. He had thrown his 87th pitch of the outing. Parker is currently on his way back from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in March 2014. Friday’s outing was his fourth rehab start, and the Athletics were hopeful to bring him back into the rotation before the end of the month.

Parker, 26, hasn’t pitched in the majors since September 2013. He has a career 3.68 ERA with a 275/127 K/BB ratio in 384 career innings. The Athletics had acquired him in December 2011 from the Diamondbacks in the Trevor Cahill trade.

MLBPA proposes 114-game season, playoff expansion to MLB

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association has submitted a proposal to the league concerning the 2020 season. The proposal includes a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.

Passan clarifies that among the players who choose to opt out, only those that are considered “high risk” would still receive their salaries. The others would simply receive service time. The union also proposed that the players receive a non-refundable $100 million sum advance during what would essentially be Spring Training 2.

If the regular season were to begin in early July, as has often been mentioned as the target, that would give the league four months to cram in 114 games. There would have to be occasional double-headers, or the players would have to be okay with few off-days. Nothing has been mentioned about division realignment or a geographically-oriented schedule, but those could potentially ease some of the burden.

Last week, the owners made their proposal to the union, suggesting a “sliding scale” salary structure. The union did not like that suggestion. Players were very vocal about it, including on social media as Max Scherzer — one of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee — made a public statement. The owners will soon respond to the union’s proposal. They almost certainly won’t be happy with many of the details, but the two sides can perhaps find a starting point and bridge the gap. As the calendar turns to June, time is running out for the two sides to hammer out an agreement on what a 2020 season will look like.