A's Parker has surgery on fractured elbow

A's Parker has surgery on fractured elbow

HOUSTON -- A's pitcher Jarrod Parker had successful surgery to clean up and repair the medial epicondyle fracture in his right elbow Tuesday.

Parker's previously revised ulnar collateral ligament did not need repairing, meaning the right-hander was able to avoid a third Tommy John surgery, which could've been career threatening.

That's a big relief for the A's, who stated in a release that Parker is resting comfortably. His recovery time is not yet known.

"What we heard, that the ligament is still intact, that's a much better result than looking at another Tommy John," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "He sent me a text, and he seems to be in pretty good spirits about it.

"We'll obviously take it pretty easy with him, but [recovery time] is not obviously what a typical Tommy John would be."

Parker originally suffered the fracture, repaired by Dr. James Andrews, while making a rehab start with Triple-A Nashville on May 8. Before the incident, the right-hander was expected back in the A's rotation by month's end, after missing all of 2014 following his second Tommy John surgery.

Parker, 26, went 25-16 with a 3.73 ERA in his prior two seasons with Oakland.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.