A’s Ace Jarrod Parker Needs Tommy John Surgery, Will Miss 2014 Season

PHOENIX — Oakland Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker needs elbow ligament-replacement surgery and will miss the season.

Parker was examined Monday in Gulf Breeze, Fla., by Dr. James Andrews, who repaired the pitcher’s elbow on Oct. 28, 2009, when Parker was with Arizona. Parker is to have surgery again March 25.

Parker had a 10.61 ERA in three spring training starts.

He becomes the latest pitcher who needs a ligament replaced, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin. Atlanta Braves pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy also were being examined by Andrews on Monday. Medlen will have season-ending elbow surgery Tuesday while Beachy will get a second opinion.

Parker’s surgery clears the way for Jesse Chavez and Tommy Miloneto to join Oakland’s starting rotation.

A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir was scratched from his scheduled start Monday against the Chicago Cubs because of left triceps stiffness. But that injury isn’t thought to be serious.

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