A's Parker to undergo Tommy John surgery 

click to enlarge Jarrod Parker was in line to start Opening Day for the A's, but will instead with the 2014 season after it was announced he needs Tommy John surgery. - MORRY GASH/AP
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  • Jarrod Parker was in line to start Opening Day for the A's, but will instead with the 2014 season after it was announced he needs Tommy John surgery.

PHOENIX -- A's right-hander and scheduled Opening Day starter Jarrod Parker will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2014 season.

Parker was examined Monday in Gulf Breeze, Fla., 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.

"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."

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.

Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir was scratched from his scheduled start Monday against the Chicago Cubs due to left triceps stiffness. But that injury isn't thought to be serious.

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