John Parrish was diagnosed with a small tear in his pitching shoulder and won’t be able to pitch this season. The southpaw was slowed by a shoulder ailment early in spring and never shook it, and the extent of the damage was recently found during an MRI exam.
Parrish, who was initially considered a candidate for the starting rotation, faces a long road of rest and rehabilitation before he can step out on the pitcher’s mound again.
The Orioles trimmed their spring roster to 39 players Wednesday by reassigning five players to the Minor League in Sarasota and optioning three others to Triple-A Norfolk.
Injured veterans Brad Hennessey and John Parrish headlined the group heading to Sarasota, and they were joined by infielders Justin Turner and Donnie Murphy and outfielder Justin Christian. Kam Mickolio, Chris Waters and Bob McCrory were sent out to Norfolk.
Southpaw John Parrish will head back to Baltimore for arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, a procedure that should tell him more about his injured joint. The left-hander has battled shoulder pain all spring and hasn’t been able to get up on the mound.
“He will probably have them look at his sholder to see if he has something wrong there,” said manager Dave Trembley. “I don’t know what you call it. It’s something that they’re going to have to go in there and see.”
Parrish has had prior reconstructive surgeries on his elbow and his knee during his career.
If you already thought the Orioles had a wide open situation regarding their starting rotation, you might want to sit down. Koji Uehara announced Tuesday that he has a slight strain of the left hamstring, an ailment that will likely cause him to miss at least one spring start.
The right-hander expressed optimism that he’ll be able to pitch well before Opening Day, but he also admitted that he’s had a prior history of hamstring problems. And here’s why it’s especially dire for Baltimore: Uehara was one of the only sure things in the rotation.
The Orioles have been trying to settle the final three slots of their rotation, and they’ve been stymied thus far by elbow injuries to Brad Hennessey and Rich Hill and a shoulder ailment for John Parrish. Hennessey and Parrish are far enough behind that they’ve already been declared out of the running, and similar word on Hill could come down any day.
For now, it appears that Brad Bergesen, Radhames Liz, David Pauley and Matt Albers have enhanced shots at breaking camp in the starting rotation. The Orioles will also evaluate Adam Eaton, who signed with the team after being released by the Phillies.
The Orioles got to see Mark Hendrickson and Adam Eaton throw live batting practice Sunday and have begun to pencil them in for exhibition action. The news is a little more dour for Brad Hennessey and John Parrish, who have injury woes that have kept them from the mound.
Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said Sunday that both Hennessey and Parrish are still sidelined by their respective injuries and have fallen too far behind to catch up. Both Hennessey and Parrish had been rotation contenders before their arms betrayed them.
Hennessey, who has been sidelined with a sore pitching elbow, drops from potential rotation favorite to contender to start with Triple-A Norfolk. And Parrish, who’s been dealing with a sore shoulder, may have to begin auditioning for a bullpen role instead of a starting one.
The Orioles rotation worries worsened on Monday, when John Parrish was added to the list of injured arms and Rich Hill went for further testing. Hill, who came down with a case of elbow stiffness on Sunday, was sent for a magnetic resonance imaging test on Monday.
Manager Dave Trembley said that Hill had already been sent for an X-Ray, and that the MRI was just for further precautionary measures. Parrish, meanwhile, has come down with a case of inflammation in his left shoulder and recently needed a cortisone shot.
Baltimore already had Brad Hennessey on the shelf with a sore right elbow, and Trembley said Monday that he doesn’t expect the right-hander to pitch until the end of the week. Still, the Orioles have plenty of innings and plenty of starts to go around.
“We’re going to play an intrasquad tomorrow,” Trembley said. “We still have a surplus of pitching here. We certainly have enough innings to get some guys a little bit more of a look.”