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2 Oakland Athletics pitchers to have medical exams

Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin will probably start the season on the disabled list instead of in the Oakland Athletics’ rotation.


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SURPRISE, Ariz. – Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin will probably start the season on the disabled list instead of in the Oakland Athletics’ rotation.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said Friday that Parker has right-forearm tightness and soreness and would be examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.

Melvin said Griffin has a sore elbow and would be examined by team physician Dr. Douglas Freedberg and have an MRI in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“They’re both in jeopardy of not starting the season with us,” said Melvin, a former Mariners manager. “Obviously, potentially it is a couple of blows for us.”

Melvin said even if both are completely cleared after the examinations they would not immediately return to game action and noted spring-training time is running short.

“We’re two weeks away from the start of the season,” Melvin said.

Parker, who was to start the March 31 opener against Cleveland, had reconstructive elbow surgery in 2009 performed by Andrews and missed the 2010 season.

Parker has struggled in spring training, with a 10.61 earned-run average in three starts, giving up four runs on four hits, including two home runs, in a start Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had forearm problems at the end of last season.

“That’s why we have the depth we have,” Melvin said. “We have Tommy Milone, and Jesus Chavez has been pitching really well right now, too. Until we get final evaluations of what’s going on with these two guys, we’re very comfortable with Milone and Chavez.”

Notes

M adison Bumgarner, who is expected to be San Francisco’s opening-day starter, pitched five stellar innings and Hunter Pence hit two homers, pacing the Giants to a 4-0 victory over a Colorado Rockies split squad in Scottsdale, Ariz. Bumgarner gave up two hits, walked one and struck out four.

• Closer Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a four-year contract that guarantees the 31-year-old lefty $22.175 million.

• Former Mariner Brett Tomko, 40, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals. He has pitched 172 / 3 innings in the majors since 2009.

Jeff Samardzija has been named opening-day pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, who start the season March 31 at Pittsburgh.

Jimmy Rollins was 0 for 4 in his return to Philadelphia’s lineup after a three-game benching and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen, last season’s National League most valuable player, hit his third home run of spring training in the Pirates’ 6-5 victory in Bradenton, Fla.

Rollins grounded out twice, took a called third strike and flied out.

A day earlier, Rollins said he thought Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg was upset about something, which caused the benching, but Sandberg said he had wanted to give Freddy Galvis some at-bats.



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