OAKLAND — The A's got a mixed report on right-handed starting pitcher Jarrod Parker Sunday morning. It could have been better, but it could have been much worse.

Parker, who limped out of Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning after having suffered either a cramp in his right hamstring or a right hamstring strain, said he was still feeling some pain in his leg Sunday.

"It's probably typical that there's some soreness the next day,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ``But he's a little better. We'll have a much better indication Tuesday when he throws batting practice.''

The A's have not ruled out Parker being able to make his next scheduled start Saturday against the Royals in Kansas City.

The fact that the A's believe Parker will be able to throw BP is in itself a good sign. If the injury was clearly a strain, they'd keep him from throwing.

"If he's feeling something Tuesday,'' the manager said, ``we won't put him in position (to hurt himself further by throwing).''

  • Jemile Weeks, who came to spring training with the hope that he'd be the starting second baseman in Oakland, is adding another skill to his repertoire at Triple-A Sacramento in a bid to get back to the big leagues.

    He's getting some starts in center field for the River Cats.

    A regular at second base in 2011 and 2012, Weeks had injury issues and stiff competition at second base this spring. Since then he's branched out to the point where he's actually played more games at shortstop (21) than at second (19) through Saturday.


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    And it was on Saturday that Weeks, hitting .265 with a .383 on-base percentage and 58 runs scored in 72 games, gave center field a shot for the first time.

    ``Athletically, he could probably play anywhere,'' Melvin said. ``It's my understanding that it may have been his decision to go to center. He has the skill set to do that.''

  • The A's have been trying to avoid having catcher John Jaso go on the disabled list, but for the eighth consecutive start he wasn't behind the plate for Oakland Sunday, an abrasion on his left hand limiting him to perhaps pinch-hitting duty.

    But if Jaso can't catch Tuesday against Chicago Cubs' right-hander Scott Feldman, the A's may have to reconsider the disabled list.

    ``We're hoping not to have to do that,'' Melvin said. ``He's better, but he's still not ready to catch nine innings.''

    Jaso said he's getting a little stir crazy not being able to play because of such a little thing.

    ``It doesn't look like a big thing,'' he said, holding out his left palm. ``To miss this much time, I should have broken a finger or something.''