The Oakland A's removed three more players from their 40-man roster on Friday, bringing the total to 12 players taken off the roster this week. Oakland announced that they had outrighted starting pitchers Jarrod Parker, Henderson Alvarez and Felix Doubront to Triple-A Nashville. All three players had serious arm surgeries over the past 12 months and their status for 2017 is up in the air.
http://www.scout.com/mlb/athletics/story/1714571-arismendy-alcantara-cla... Parker, who was once viewed as the A's potential longterm number one starter, hasn't pitched since spring training 2014. That spring, Parker injured his right elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery, his second such surgery in less than five years. Parker rehabbed that Tommy John surgery and was expected to return midway through the 2015 season, but he suffered a broken elbow while rehabbing with Triple-A Nashville and missed the rest of the season. In 2016, he was hoping to return to the mound, but he suffered another elbow fracture during spring training and he was on the 60-day DL for the entire season. Parker helped to lead the A's to the post-season in 2012 and 2013, going a combined 25-16 with a 3.73 ERA in 378.1 innings over those two seasons. He also appeared in three post-season games for Oakland.
http://www.scout.com/mlb/athletics/story/1713807-who-will-the-a-s-protec... Alvarez was signed to a free agent deal last off-season after he was non-tendered by the Miami Marlins. The former NL All-Star had shoulder surgery in 2015, but the hope was that he would be able to return to the mound in May or June 2016. He went on several rehab assignments during the 2016 season, but each rehab ended with shoulder pain. He finally had surgery on the right shoulder in September and is likely to miss a portion of the 2017 season. Alvarez has a career 3.80 ERA in 563 major-league innings.
Doubront was the story of the A's spring training, as the lefty earned a spot in the team's starting rotation with a standout camp. During his final start of the spring, Doubront left with elbow pain and had Tommy John surgery soon after that outing. He is expected to miss the first month or so of the 2017 season while rehabbing the injury.
Since Wednesday, the A's have removed the following players from their 40-man roster: Parker, Alvarez, Doubront, Matt McBride, Chris Smith, Arismendy Alcantara, Tyler Ladendorf, Fernando Rodriguez, J.B. Wendelken, Donn Roach, Eric Sogard and Andrew Lambo. Their 40-man roster (including 60-day DL players) now stands at 38. Two of those players (Sam Fuld and Ross Detwiler) are eligible for free agency.