*UPDATE: Jarrod Parker to have fourth surgery April 1, 2016
Although Parker hasn’t spoken to the media since his latest injury and the A’s are not planning to reveal what type of procedure Parker will be undergoing until after the surgery has been completed, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that given the nature of his injuries two torn ulnar collateral ligaments and two medial epicondyle fractures a third Tommy John procedure is likely.
Dr. Neal ElAttache will be performing Parker’s surgery. Dr. ElAttache is expecting to have to replace the ligament for the third time – but only if there is enough bone left to attach it to.
Jeff Passan author of a book that centers around the recent Tommy John surgery epidemic titled, “The Arm: Inside the Billion Dollar Industry of the most Valuable Commodity in Sports,” told Slusser that Parker is definitely down, that his odds are not good but that there is no reason to ever rule a player out.
“I don’t ever count anyone out,” Passan said “But with two Tommy Johns and two epicondyle fractures, it’s going to be really, really tough. The arm can take only so much. Can Jarrod get back to throwing a baseball?
Yes. Can he get back to pitching in the major leagues? It’s going to be really difficult, not just the physical part, but the mental part, because four times now he’s thrown a pitch that just destroyed his arm. And that burrows into your head and it’s hard to shake.”
Manager Bob Melvin has been the only one to speak with both Parker and the media. He told the press Friday that Parker is being conservative in how far into the future he is looking saying,
“He’s tough. He’s trying to keep it pretty narrow in how far out he’s looking.”
Parker has already proven that he is tough but whether or not he can mentally and physically come back from this is basically uncharted territory.