Saturday, February 24, 2018
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A's ace out for season

PHOENIX — Right-hander Jarrod Parker will have the second Tommy John surgery of his career and miss the season, the Athletics announced Monday.

"We're not going to have Jarrod Parker in 2014," assistant general manager David Forst said.

Parker, who had been penciled in as the starter in the opener March 31 against the Indians, was examined Monday by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews after feeling forearm tightness and soreness Friday.

Andrews performed the surgery on Parker in 2009, and Parker missed the 2010 season. He'll do the second procedure to rebuild the elbow ligament on March 25.

Parker had forearm problems at the end of last season, when he went 12-8 with a 3.97 ERA in 32 starts. His injury is the latest blow to a staff already bracing for the absence of right-hander A.J. Griffin, who has a sore elbow and is likely out until May.

Meanwhile, the A's scratched left-hander Scott Kazmir from his scheduled start against the Cubs because of triceps stiffness.

BRAVES INJURIES: Atlanta right-hander Kris Medlen is scheduled to have season-ending surgery today, and right-hander Brandon Beachy will get another opinion on his ailing elbow. Medlen will have the second Tommy John surgery of his career after having the elbow ligament replaced in 2010. Beachy had the same procedure in 2012.

MORE BAD NEWS FOR IGLESIAS: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias said he has stress fractures in both legs and isn't sure when he'll play again. He's set to see a specialist today. Also, Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who led the AL in ERA last season, was scratched because of shoulder soreness.

UMP INJURED: Umpire Brad Myers was struck by a line drive behind the pitcher's mound in the second inning and left the game between the Reds and Indians in Goodyear, Ariz.

ASTROS: Right-hander Scott Feldman will start the season opener April 1 at home against the Yankees.

CUBS: Right-hander James McDonald left outing against the A's after two pitches because of a sore pitching shoulder.

METS: Left-hander Jonathon Niese received a cortisone injection in the back of his pitching elbow and was cleared to resume throwing later this week.

NATIONALS: Left-hander Ross Detwiler, a starter for most of his career, will move to the bullpen, leaving right-handers Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark to compete for the final rotation spot.

ORIOLES: Right-hander Chris Tillman, 25, will be the opening-day starter March 31 against the World Series champion Red Sox.

PIRATES: Backup catcher Chris Stewart is expected to have surgery on his right knee, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

RANGERS: Right-hander Nick Tepesch was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. Also, Cuban right-hander Jose Contreras, 42, was offered a reassignment to minor-league camp and was weighing his options.

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