A Hopeful Parker Heads South

By Maureen Mespell

January 18, 2011 Updated Jan 19, 2011 at 1:27 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) -- A week from now, former Norwell pitching star Jarrod Parker will be back in Arizona.

Spring training will be underway for the Diamondback prospect, and Parker is anxious to get back to something he's missed very much.

15 months from the Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow, and with his rehab done as diligently as he could, Jarrod Parker is itching to get his pro baseball career on track again.

Parker’s career was clicking along from his being drafted ninth overall in 2007 by Arizona, and he moved up their ladder quickly, but in 2009 in a double A, the elbow started to hurt.

Enter the Tommy John surgery, and in Jarrod’s case, taking part of his left hamstring and making it part of his elbow.

The Diamondbacks have made sure Jarrod has done everything right to get back, and it appears all the conditioning and the basically new elbow has him stronger with more velocity on his pitches and better quality of those pitches.

Since the fall league where he got back on the mound and had a few solid outings, Jarrod has been back home in Wells County, getting his workouts at the Bluffton Y and throwing at his Alma Mater Norwell, often with his old coach Kelby Weybright.

But now he is headed back to the warmth of Arizona and he will get a thorough check out from the Diamondbacks once again.

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