Oakland Athletics outright Norwell grad Jarrod Parker to minors

FILE - In this March 5, 2014, file photo, Oakland Athletics' Jarrod Parker throws before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix. All over spring training, there's been an outbreak of wrecked elbows and pained pitchers. The AL West champion Athletics once again lost Parker to an operation. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

OAKLAND (WANE) – The Oakland Athletics sent Norwell graduate Jarrod Parker outright to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, clearing the way for Parker to become a free agent.

The transaction removes Parker from Oakland’s 40-man roster. He has the option of accepting the assignment to the minors or rejecting it and become of a free agent.

The ninth pick in the 2007 MLB draft, Parker had his UCL and flexor tendon repaired at the beginning of the 2016 season. Parker previously had Tommy John surgery in 2009 and 2014.

The 27-year old Parker has a career record of 25-16 with a 3.68 ERA but hasn’t pitched a major league inning since the 2013 season.