Parker: “I can do it again”
Jarrod Parker was back in A’s camp on Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after learning from Dr. James Andrews in Florida that he needs a second Tommy John surgery, to be performed a week from today.
Parker, who was anticipated to make his first career Opening Day start, will miss the entire 2014 season. Understandably, he was visibly upset when speaking to reporters, but at the same time he spoke in positive terms, acknowledging his desire to do whatever it takes to get back on the mound again.
Said Parker: “There’s always that thought, ‘Why me? Why the guys that are working hard and we think we’re doing the right things?’ It’s that thought in the back of your head, ‘What am I doing wrong? What do I need to change?’
“But I think, to sit back and look and regret and think you did something wrong is not the right attitude.”
Here’s more of what he had to say:
On his initial reaction to hearing the news:
“I was upset. It’s one of those things where you say you go in prepared but you can’t really prepare for that. It’s tough to do alone, but I needed to go alone yesterday and hear it and let it sink in. I feel like it’s a speed bump at this point. I’ve done it before, and I can do it again.”
On his conversation with Bob Melvin and his manager’s support:
“It’s big. He’s going to be in my corner no matter what. He knows as well as I do that you can’t put statistics on individual guys. You don’t want to categorize things and be a statistic. I want to be the different one, and hopefully things work out, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to make it work.”
On receiving Tommy John news a second time:
“It’s tough. It’s never easy news. I love this game. I love this team. It’s tough.”
On the mental aspect of such a long rehab:
“I think that’s going to be the biggest battle. Everything phsycially — I’m young, I’m healthy, I work hard — but it’s going to be a test. I’m going to be around the team, be around all the guys.I’ve gotten hundreds of texts already, and I’m going to seek out as much information as I can, as much support as I can.
“Some of them have made me laughed, some of them have made me a little teary-eyed. It’s good, but it’s tough at the same time.”
On Jesse Chavez and Tommy Milone filling out rotation:
“I think they’re more than capable. They’re Major League pitchers. It’s not like we’re searching and seeking and trying to find something. These guys are established Major Leaguers, they’re hard workers, they’re guys that are going to do whatever it takes.”