Dang. A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker, who has already come back from two Tommy John surgeries and most recently a fractured elbow, is now facing another career-threatening injury after re-fracturing his elbow in a game earlier this week.
Parker showed so much promise as a prospect coming up through the Diamondbacks’ minor-league system and then as a young starter in the A’s rotation, but the 27-year-old former first-round draft pick is now looking at a third consecutive lost season after leaving the mound screaming.
I can’t even fathom the physical pain and emotional anguish that comes with suffering two torn ligaments and two fractures in the same elbow. Here’s hoping Parker can make a full recovery and eventually return to the majors as an effective pitcher. Or short of that find some peace, happiness, and good health in his post-playing career.
What a shame.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.