20 September 2010
The Diamondbacks' top minor league prospect, right-handed pitcher Jarrod Parker, will report to the Arizona Instructional League on Monday. Parker, who is recovering from last fall's Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, will not pitch in any actual games during the fall season, but will throw in some simulated games. In fact, Parker tweeted
on Sunday night that "First day tomorrow, all I know is I got two simulated innings."
The Diamondbacks re-iterated that Parker has exceeded everyone's expectations during his rehab, but decided not to pitch him in the AFL because they wanted to "err on the side of caution." Farm Director Mike Berger said
that Parker "probably wanted to pitch in the playoffs for [AA] Mobile. He looks great. " But the team's primary focus is to get Parker ready to pitch when major league camp opens next February. If Parker's rehab continues to progress as expected, he is expected to begin the 2011 season in either AA Mobile or AAA Reno, and will hopefully be within a year of his major league debut.