Parker slated for more tests on elbow

Parker slated for more tests on elbow

MESA, Ariz. -- A's right-hander Jarrod Parker will meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning to undergo X-rays and a CT scan on his injured right elbow.

Parker refractured the medial epicondyle in his elbow last week, the same injury he suffered a year ago.

The 27-year-old pitcher has not pitched in a Major League game since 2013 due to injuries. In addition to the elbow fractures, Parker has also had Tommy John surgery twice.

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After learning of his injury, the A's gave Parker some time to consult with his family and doctors and were not expecting him to return to camp until Monday. However, the right-hander stopped by the clubhouse Sunday and spent some time on the bench during the game.

"He wanted to be here yesterday and we didn't think we'd have him here yesterday," A's manager Bob Melvin said Monday. "I know he feels good around the group of guys and he seemed to be in good spirits yesterday. The guys were happy to see him."

Parker's next step is still to be determined as both he and the club await the results of Tuesday's tests.

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William Boor is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.