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.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”