Oakland Athletics: Jarrod Parker to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

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Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker will have to undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time in his young career next Tuesday and will likely be out for the entire 2014 season, according to the A’s Official Twitter account.

Jarrod Parker will undergo a second “Tommy John” surgery of his career next Tuesday. He likely will miss the entire 2014 season.

— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) March 17, 2014

Parker‘s injury will certainly hurt the Athletics rotation as they are already thin on Starting Pitchers, with A.J. Griffin being shut down for three weeks and Scott Kazmir having triceps stiffness. Though Parker is not a true “Ace”, he was the A’s best pitcher and they will have a tough time replacing him with what they currently have on their roster. Parker, 25, has a career 3.68 ERA and 25-16 record through two full seasons with the Athletics. With Parker out, the A’s will begin the season with a rotation of Scott Kazmir, if ready, Sonny Gray, Don Straily, Tommy Milone, and either Drew Pomeranz, Jesse Chavez, or Josh Lindblom.