Oakland A's MLN: Parker Leaves Game Injured

It was a tough day of injury news for the Oakland A's, who saw both of their rehabbing starters exit games early with discomfort.

Jarrod Parker Leaves Rehab Start with Elbow Injury

On his 87th pitch of his fourth rehab start, Jarrod Parker unleashed a wild pitch a reported 10 feet from the strike-zone and crumpled in pain, holding his twice surgically repaired right elbow. Parker left the game with the assistance of the Nashville Sounds' trainer. Now Parker and the Oakland A's will be anxiously awaiting a diagnosis.

Parker is trying to work his way back from his second Tommy John surgery. The right-hander had his first Tommy John surgery in 2009 when he was in the minor leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He tore his UCL again last spring and had the surgery last April. The hope had been that Parker would return to the big leagues in the next few weeks.

Parker earned the win in the Sounds' 8-6 win over the Round Rock Express. He allowed 10 hits and five runs (four earned) in 5.2 innings before leaving the game. He walked one and struck-out three.

Pat Venditte allowed a run in two innings of relief and Seth Frankoff and Ryan Cook recorded the final four outs of the game to secure the win.

Jason Pridie, Ryan Roberts and Kent Matthes each had two hits, while Andy Parrino drove-in two runs. Craig Gentry reached base three times with a hit and two walks and he scored twice.


Griffin Suffers a Set Back

The A's had a double dose of bad news on Friday, as fellow rehabbing right-hander A.J. Griffin was shut-down with a sore right shoulder. He was pulled after two innings of a simulated game that was scheduled to go three innings. Griffin will return from Arizona to Oakland for further evaluation. Griffin is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery he had roughly a year ago.


A's Trade Chad Smith

The A's traded right-hander Chad Smith to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations on Friday. Smith had been designated for assignment earlier in the week to make room for Fernando Rodriguez on the A's roster. Smith had a 2.31 ERA in 11.2 innings for Nashville this season. Smith allowed five runs in 1.1 innings with the A's before being DFA'd. The Angels optioned Smith to Triple-A Salt Lake.


Other Notes

- Tim Atherton, Ryan Doolittle, Ryan Dull and Tucker Healy combined to keep the hot-hitting Corpus Christi Hooks in check in a 4-3 Midland win. Colin Walsh doubled and drove-in two in the win.

- Brett Vertigan homered in his first California League at-bat and went 2-for-4 with a walk in the Stockton Ports' 10-9 loss to the San Jose Giants. Matt Chapman also picked up his first California League season in the game.


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