Diamondbacks pitching prospect Jarrod Parker is going to have Tommy John surgery, after going down in the middle of the season with elbow trouble.
Arizona shut down the righthander, the organization’s top prospect, with elbow tightness in late July when he was pitching at Double-A Mobile, and hoped rest and rehab would fix the problem. During instructional league he played catch at 120 feet, and he was scheduled to resume throwing off a mound in January.
But Parker’s agent broke the news on Thursday afternoon that he planned to have Tommy John surgery next week, and the Diamondbacks confirmed it later in the day.
Diamondbacks farm director Mike Berger said Parker is scheduled to have the surgery Oct. 28 in Birmingham, to be performed by Dr. James Andrews. While it will keep Parker out of action for most, if not all of the 2010 season, the recovery rate from Tommy John surgery is good.
"I’m not going to lose any sleep over this, if you know what I mean," Berger told Baseball America’s Matt Forman. "We’re pulling for him."
Parker, 20, went a combined 5-6, 3.14 in 20 starts between high Class A Visalia and Mobile this season. He was on the disabled list twice this season: from June 14-24 with a right wrist bruise and from Aug. 17 through the remainder of the season with right elbow inflammation.
On Thursday, his agent Larry Reynolds wrote on his Twitter feed: "Dbacks #1 prospect Jarrod Parker to visit Dr. James Andrews on Tue w/ intent of having Tommy John surgery on 10/28".