"It wouldn't be crazy," Melvin said. "If you watched him here recently, you would say he's getting warmed up for a regular-season start. That's how good he's looked. I know he touched 93 [mph] the other day on the [radar] gun. Knock on wood, everything's going really well for him at this point."
According to the skipper, Parker threw 40 pitches in two simulated innings Thursday without any setbacks. The next step for Parker is to throw 50 pitches in two simulated innings next week during an intrasquad contest with Class A Advanced Stockton.
Fellow righty A.J. Griffin also sat out last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2014. Melvin said Griffin is two to three weeks behind Parker in his rehab schedule.
Southpaw Sean Nolin, who was acquired in the Josh Donaldson trade from Toronto this past offseason, is also on the mend after suffering a groin injury at the outset of Spring Training.
"He's throwing to hitters now," Melvin said. "More of a simulated-type scenario, similar to where Griffin is right now. I think here in the next couple more outings [he will be] throwing to hitters, then hopefully we'll get him in some games."
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