A’s pitcher Jarrod Parker needs Tommy John surgery again

Jarrod Parker was expected to be the Opening Day starter. Now the A’s won’t have him for the rest of the season as he undergoes his second Tommy John surgery. AJ Griffin is battling some forearm issues and Scott Kazmir isn’t all healthy too.

Sonny Gray likely gets the Opening Day assignment now with Kazmir, Tommy Milone, Dan Straily and Jesse Chavez behind him for now.

This is a huge blow to the team.

It was great to see Jarrod Parker flirt with the no-hitter

The moment right before the no-hitter was broken.

I always watch the A’s games whenever I can. Especially now since I moved out of the Bay and don’t have cable, MLB.TV is my only outlet to live TV on my computer. So I was tuned into last night’s game. With the Rangers in town, I was hoping the A’s would find their groove.

The team did find their groove. Offensively, they exploded and scored 12 times. But the storyline was Jarrod Parker. After six innings, I noticed he had not surrendered a hit. This was the Rangers! The toughest offense in the majors. Then into the seventh, I was nervous. I was studying the pitch count. But I was hoping that he would get it.

Parker was magnificent and I thought he had a real chance at getting it. Unfortunately, he would give up a single to Michael Young and the no-hit bid ended. But he did go eight strong innings giving up that one hit.

To me, that potential moment was magical and it made me long for the Coliseum. I miss home. This moment brought me back home despite the fact I was so far from it.