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Oakland’s Jarrod Parker to have season-ending surgery

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker needs elbow ligament-replacement surgery and will miss the season.


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PHOENIX – Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker needs elbow ligament-replacement surgery and will miss the season.

He was examined Monday in Gulf Breeze, Fla., by Dr. James Andrews, who repaired Parker’s elbow on Oct. 28, 2009, when the right-hander was with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Parker is to have surgery next Tuesday.

“Obviously, in this situation, the first thing is, you feel bad for Jarrod,” assistant general manager David Forst said. “He worked hard this offseason after having some struggles at the end of the year and was hoping to be at the top of the rotation this year.”

Parker, 25, had a 10.61 earned-run average in three spring-training starts.

Meanwhile, Oakland 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.

Iglesias has stress fractures

LAKELAND, Fla. – Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias revealed he has stress fractures in both legs and isn’t sure when he will be able to play again, leaving the Tigers two weeks to fill his spot for opening day and perhaps a lot longer.

“It’s bad news for me and bad news for the team, as well,” Iglesias told reporters before Monday’s exhibition against the Washington Nationals was rained out.

The 24-year-old Iglesias is set to see a specialist in Colorado on Tuesday. After that, he will have a better idea on his future status.

The smooth-fielding Iglesias played through pain in his shins last year while hitting .303 for Boston and Detroit. He said he intends to return this season.

“Absolutely,” he said. “But for now, my goal is to get healthy, get rid of this, because the pain is really bad. I just want to get rid of it and come back 100 percent.”

Minus Iglesias, the Tigers might pick from among three players already in camp to be their shortstop — Danny Worth, Hernan Perez and Eugenio Suarez.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus doesn’t intend to dwell on Iglesias’ absence.

“You don’t bury your face in your hands, crying about what could have been,” Ausmus said. “It’s counterproductive.”

Sizemore excels

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Grady Sizemore had three hits, scored three runs and showed a good glove in the outfield, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 in an exhibition game.

Sizemore, 31, is a graduate of Cascade High in Everett who has played eight seasons with Cleveland. An All-Star in each of his last three full seasons (2006 to 2008), Sizemore missed the past two seasons after operations on his right knee and back.

“I’m just happy to be healthy and be out there playing and being able to do those things, and hopefully build off that,” said Sizemore, who signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with Boston in January.

Of Sizemore’s performance, manager John Farrell said, “Maybe a little bit of a flashback to how good Grady was for a number of years.”

Notes

• Pitchers named as opening-day starters include Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee, a former Mariner, and Houston’s Scott Feldman.

• Texas right-hander Nick Tepesch, who had been a candidate for the starting rotation, was optioned to Class AAA Round Rock. He has an 11.25 spring ERA.



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