Jarrod Parker headed for MRI exam after leaving game in pain

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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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.