Athletics lose Parker for season to Tommy John surgery


Oakland Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker needs elbow ligament-replacement surgery and will miss the season.

Parker was examined Monday in Gulf Breeze, Florida, by Dr. James Andrews, who repaired his elbow on Oct. 28, 2009, when Parker was with Arizona. Parker is to have surgery again on March 25.

Parker had a 10.61 ERA in three spring training starts.

He becomes the latest pitcher who needs a ligament replaced, joining Arizona’s Patrick Corbin. Atlanta pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy also were being examined by Andrews on Monday and might need season-ending elbow surgery.

Parker’s surgery clears the way for Jesse Chavez and Tommy Milone to join Oakland’s starting rotation.

The Athletics scratched left-hander Scott Kazmir from their spring game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday due to left triceps stiffness.

Brandon Moss and Nick Punto then had two hits apiece as Oakland went on to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs’ split-squad.

Kazmir’s injury isn’t believed to be serious, but he did see an orthopedist. Manager Bob Melvin said he will wait to see how Kazmir looks Tuesday before deciding when he’ll pitch again.

“Obviously in this situation, the first thing is you feel bad for Jarrod,” assistant general manager David Forst said. “He worked hard this offseason after having some struggles at the end of the year and was hoping to be at the top of the rotation this year.”

Meanwhile, Cubs starting pitcher James McDonald threw two pitches and had to leave with right shoulder soreness. McDonald’s second pitch to Coco Crisp sailed over Crisp’s head to the backstop, prompting a visit from manager Rick Renteria and a trainer.

“He was shaking his arm so we went out there just to talk to him, and he just felt like his arm wasn’t feeling right,” Renteria said. “So we’re not taking any chances.”

Joe Savery, who had made five relief appearances without a start this spring, took Kazmir’s place and shut out Chicago on two hits in two innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Melvin said Savery is in the mix to make the major league club as a reliever.

Tanaka sent to minors


Infielder Kensuke Tanaka has been sent down to the minors, the Texas Rangers said Monday.

The 32-year-old Tanaka is on a minor league contract with the Rangers and had received an invitation to spring training. Through Sunday, the former Hokkaido Nippon Ham player was batting .222 with one RBI in 14 games.

“I wasn’t in bad shape, but it’s the team’s decision,” said Tanaka, who is in his second year in the United States. Last season, he appeared in 15 games with the San Francisco Giants, batting .267 with two RBIs and a pair of stolen bases.

“I’ll get more games in the minors so if I put up better numbers, I think they’ll start to see me differently.”

Down Under Series


The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers arrived to a very low-key welcome in Australia on Tuesday for their season-opening series this weekend after 15-hour flights from the U.S. West Coast.

The Diamondbacks arrived first at Sydney airport about 6 a.m. local time Tuesday, followed about four hours later by the Dodgers.

“It’s great to be here,” said Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully.