Jarrod Parker retires

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Pitcher Jarrod Parker has retired from baseball, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The 29-year-old right-hander hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2013 and hadn’t pitched at all in a professional competitive game since 2015 as a result of recurring injuries. Parker said, “I’m not entertaining any offers, let’s put it that way. I’m just working through the logistical stuff.”

Parker, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery twice as well as surgery for a broken elbow twice. He was selected by the Diamondbacks in the first round (ninth overall) in the 2007 draft and was a consensus top-100 prospect as he made his way through the minor league system. Parker made his major league debut, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Dodgers in late September 2011, his only appearance for the D-Backs. He was traded to the Athletics in the offseason.

Parker made 29 starts for the A’s in 2012, posting a 3.47 ERA. He followed up with a 3.97 ERA across 32 starts in 2013, but that would be the last we would see of him in the big leagues.

With baseball in the rear view mirror, Slusser notes that Parker is considering a career in the health industry. He would like to use his experience as a way to help others. Parker said, “I’d like to pass along that knowledge and information. I know the mental battles — and I know there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.