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.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered “a significant setback” with his left knee, making his availability for spring training questionable. Abraham says that Pedroia is “discussing his options with his family, agents, and the Sox.”
Pedroia underwent “knee joint preservation” surgery last year, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. As it was, he played in only three games in 2018 and appeared in just six games in 2019, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances.
In light of the severity of his injury, the severity of his surgery and all of the time he’s missed over the past few years, it was already something of a long shot for Pedroia play again as it was. Indeed, he himself was not even sure if he’d play again when asked at one point last season. But this sounds positively dire.