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Athletics | Jarrod Parker has strained neck

Oakland Athletics SP Jarrod Parker (neck) left the game Monday, May 6, with a neck strain. Parker said the issue has bothered him on and off this season and he has had treatment for it. He believes it might have contributed to him leaving some balls up in the zone and also to a dip in velocity because he isn't getting his usual extension in his delivery. It sounds as if there is some chance he might be shut down to deal with the problem for at least a short time.

Fantasy Tip: With the way he has been tattooed this season, one has to wonder if he strained his neck turning and watching balls fly out of the park. It's good news that he has been so awful for a reason. Expect a DL stint to get him right. Drop him for now, but keep him in mind later in the season.

2013-05-07 06:20:53 | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Susan Slusser

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