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.
Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.
That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.
Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.
Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.