Potentially sad news for oft-injured A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker, who left the mound screaming in pain today after throwing just one pitch.
According to what the A’s medical staff told reporters Parker has been diagnosed with a lateral elbow impingement and there’s optimism it won’t prove to be a serious injury. However, he’s going for an MRI exam and … well, given Parker’s lengthy injury history it’s hard not to be pessimistic.
Parker has already come back from two Tommy John surgeries and is currently rehabbing from a broken elbow where the newest ligament had been re-attached. All despite only being 27 years old.
Once considered among the top pitching prospects in baseball while coming up through the Diamondbacks farm system, Parker was traded to the A’s in the late-2011 deal for Trevor Cahill. He was healthy and effective in 2013 and 2014, combining to throw 378 innings with a 3.73 ERA, but then blew out his elbow for a second time.
One team has punched its ticket to the Fall Classic. Two teams are looking to join them, with the Dodgers carrying the distinct advantage. Los Angeles needs only a split in the final two games of the NLCS while Milwaukee needing to win both games at home. Doable? Absolutely. But to do it, the Brewers are going to have to wake up their sleepy bats.
NLCS Game 6
Dodgers vs. Brewers
Ballpark: Miller Park
Time: 8:39 PM Eastern
Pitchers: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Wade Miley
The Dodgers will give the ball to left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who tossed seven shutout innings in Game 1 of the NLDS but allowed two runs and tossed 72 pitches, failing to get out of the fifth inning, in Game 2 against Milwaukee. Even if he again turns in a short outing Dave Roberts should feel pretty confident, however, as the Dodgers’ bullpen — considered a question mark coming into this series — has allowed only three runs in in 21 and two-thirds innings of work.
For Milwaukee it’s once again Wade Miley, who was the Game 5 “starter,” but who pitched to only one batter. I suppose it’s possible that Craig Counsell will burn him like that again, but it seems more likely that Miley will actually pitch in this game rather than be used as a decoy.
As I noted the other day, though, the Brewers’ pitching gamesmanship has not really been a factor in this series. The real problem for them has been their offense. They’ve scored only 16 runs in five games while batting .219. That’s actually identical to the Dodgers’ run total and average overall, but L.A. has been better at distributing that meager offense. Milwaukee has been cold at the worst times, too, going 5-for-35 with runners in scoring position in the series, including one for their last 11. If that doesn’t change, their season ends tonight.