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June 30, 2013
A's pre-game: Parker, Jaso updates, plus Jemile Weeks in CF

OAKLAND -- Jarrod Parker delivered a pre-emptive strike this morning to reporters approaching his locker looking for an update on the right-hander's right hamstring.

"I got nothing," said Parker, who left his start in the fourth inning Saturday with hamstring tightness.

A's manager Bob Melvin wasn't much more enlightening on the subject, saying Parker had "some lingering soreness when he played catch," but that the A's likely won't know more on whether Parker will be available to make his next start until after he throws a bullpen session Tuesday. Which means more waiting.

"Whether it's a cramp or a strain or whatever you want to call it, when you have that and you're doing a physical activity in the fashion he did, it's probably typical that there is some soreness today," Melvin said.

The waiting also continues on catcher John Jaso, who hasn't made a start since June 20 due to the left hand abrasion he sustained sliding into a base in Texas. Jaso said today he was going to take full batting practice in the cages pre-game -- a step toward returning, since the abrasion is on his lower palm in an area that grips the bat and bothers him when he makes contact with the ball. He said catching isn't a problem.

Melvin said Jaso is still available off the bench and the A's are still optimistic he'll be ready by the Cubs series on Tuesday, which is why they haven't used the DL on him despite his not having played since June 23.

Jaso's absence means another start for Stephen Vogt. Here's the full A's lineup against Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook:

CF Crisp
DH Smith
SS Lowrie
LF Cespedes
1B Moss
3B Donaldson
RF Reddick
C Vogt
2B Sogard

And the Cardinals lineup against A's left-hander Tommy Milone, who is looking for his first win since June 3:

2B Carpenter
C Molina
RF Beltran
LF Craig
DH Holliday
3B Freese
1B Wigginton
CF Robinson
SS Kozma

* After going 3-0 in his four starts from May 18 to June 3, Milone is 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA in his last four starts. He's also coming off a start against the Reds in which he walked a career-high-tying four batters. Melvin said that while this qualifies as a "rough patch" for Milone, the left-hander is "the one guy you really don't worry about too much as far as mechanics. ... It's just getting another good game or two under his belt."

* An interesting note from the minors -- Jemile Weeks made his first career start in center field for the Triple-A River Cats last night. According to the River Cats game notes, Weeks, who before this season had played his entire career at second base or designated hitter, had six putouts in six chances in center while going 1-for-4. Weeks is batting .265 for the season with two home runs and 21 RBIs.

Melvin said he hadn't gotten a report on how Weeks looked in center, but: "My understanding was he was all on board for it. It might even have been his idea."

Michael Choice has been playing more in the corner outfield spots, and with Grant Green getting a lot of playing time at second base it made "quite a logjam trying to get (Weeks) consistent at-bats at second," Melvin said.

"We'll see how it plays out," Melvin said. "But athletically, definitely (Weeks) has the skill set to do that."

* There was one late change to the Cardinals lineup -- first baseman Matt Adams, who had his first career two-homer game yesterday, was scratched with food poisoning. So it's Ty Wigginton, a right-handed hitter, at first instead against Milone, who has given up 14 home runs on the season to right-handers, most in the majors.

-- Matt Kawahara

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About Bay Area Baseball

Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
Email: mkawahara@sacbee.com.
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