Parker to start Wednesday

A’s manager Bob Melvin announced Sunday that top pitching prospect Jarrod Parker will be called up this week to start Wednesday’s afternoon matchup with the visiting White Sox.

The right-handed Parker, who missed out on a rotation spot at season’s start because of command issues that plagued him all spring, has worked his way through those and, as a result, is 1-0 with a 2.18 ERA with 21 strikeouts next to just six walks in 20 2/3 innings, spanning four starts.

“He’s been pitching well,” Melvin said. “We’ve always envisioned him being here at some point in time, especially with the stuff he has.”

Parker’s looming promotion comes in the wake of Graham Godfrey’s return to Triple-A. The 23-year-old righty was the key piece of December’s trade that sent All-Star Trevor Cahill to Arizona, where Parker was considered the D-backs’ top prospect.

Following rehab from his 2010 Tommy John surgery, Parker posted an 11-8 record and 3.79 ERA for Arizona’s Double-A club last year. He was called up to the big leagues for the first time in September and impressed greatly in just one start, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings and earning a spot on the club’s postseason roster.

Parker will be pitching on three days’ rest, but he utilized just 48 pitches in his Saturday start.


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So right now this is how we are looking as a team, are rotation right now has no identity. We are calling guys up and sending Guys down to find good starting pitching rotations. I really feel for Bob Melvin right now, he has the clamminess of a gote, to send guys down and bring guys up this early in the season is crazy. This would never be like this if we have the proper ownership in place with the A’s . Every year we build the team up then at the end of the season we brake it down, we do this every year now. It now getting old really fast and this is the net result of, no offence and no pitching Good job Wolf, Good Job Billy.

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