Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jarrod Parker exited his fourth rehabilitation start in great pain, according to multiple Twitter reports from persons attending his start in Nashville. Tweeters described Parker as going to the ground in pain during his pitching motion and clutching his surgically repaired elbow.
In the comments to this article, Athletics Nation member brynnfr describes the scene, "He went down during the pitch. Was rolling around in front of the mound clutching his arm. Pitch cleared the plate. Went over the catchers head into the backstop netting. Didn't seem to be grimacing or clutching his arm as he walked off the field a couple minutes later."
Here are the tweets from eyewitnesses in Nashville:
For those asking, Jarrod Parker threw a WP on his 87th pitch tonight & went down in pain before leaving. That's all I know at this point.— Jeff Hem (@JeffHemPBP) May 9, 2015
Looks like Jarrod Parker just hurt himself throwing off the mound in the 6th inning of a rehab start. Did not look good.— Chris Fonnesbeck (@fonnesbeck) May 9, 2015
Jarrod Parker went down hard in Sounds game in a lot of pain. Unsure what injury was but feel bad for the guy if it ends up being serious.— Drew Jenkins (@DrewJenkins77) May 9, 2015
@Rotoworld_BB Jarrod Parker just collapsed in a heap holding his surgically repaired elbow at the Nashville Sounds game tonight. Looked bad.— Clay (@BadMedicine31) May 9, 2015
This is obviously a devastating moment for everyone, though I must emphasize we have no official word on the extent of the injury. We'll have more details as news comes from Nashville.