A’s Parker suffers fresh setback

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Oakland A’s pitcher Jarrod Parker is poised for another lengthy spell on the sidelines after breaking his elbow again just 12 pitches into his latest comeback.

The Athletics confirmed the break after the 27-year-old went for a MRI scan and showed he had damaged his medial epicondyle in his right elbow.

“I spent the morning with him. It’s tough,” manager Bob Melvin said.

“The guy’s fought so many times to put himself back in position. We’re talking about an elite guy to go through this as many times as he can says a lot about his tenacity. It is another huge setback for him.”

First drafted in 2007, Parker has not pitched in the major leagues since 2013 and adds to his long history of battling injury. He had Tommy John surgery in 2009, and again in 2014.

He first broke his elbow on May 8 last year while pitching for Triple-A Nashville during an injury rehabilitation assignment.

“We’re all sad,” fellow pitcher Chris Bassitt said. “The entire organization is pretty sad. Honestly, the baseball community is definitely sick about it, the fourth one in two-and-a-half years. It’s absolutely ridiculous to even fathom that.”

Parker has a 25-16 record in parts of three seasons and once went a team-record 19 straight games without a loss.