Jarrod Parker's attempt to comeback from two serious arm injuries over the past two seasons hit a snag on Thursday morning. According to reports, Parker cut short a throwing session against hitters after experiencing pain on the 12th pitch of the session.
Parker hasn't pitched in the major leagues since the 2013 post-season. He injured his elbow during spring training 2014 and had Tommy John surgery, his second of his career. Then Parker was rehabbing with Triple-A Nashville last May when he fractured his elbow delivering a pitch for the Nashville Sounds. He missed the rest of the season. Parker had been throwing without pain in the early days of A's camp, but he had yet to face live hitters before the aborted Thursday session. Sacramento Bee beat reporter Matt Kawahara reported the mood around camp was somber after Parker left the mound in pain.
The A's are expected to provide an update on Parker's status within the next hour.
Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the A's are calling Parker's injury "a lateral elbow impingement" on the opposite side of the elbow that has had the three surgeries. Trainers told A's beat reporters that they expect Parker to be able to pitch again. Parker may have an MRI as soon as today.
The Oakland A's announced on Friday that tests revealed that Parker re-fractured his medial epicondyle in his right elbow. That is the same injury that Parker suffered last season in Nashville. Parker and the A's medical staff will determine next steps at a later date.