ARLINGTON, Texas -- The A's had to scratch starting pitcher Jarrod Parker and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes from their lineup Sunday, Parker because of illness and Cespedes because his right shoulder is acting up.

Cespedes' shoulder has been bothering him since he dove for a ball in the outfield on the last homestand. He was in the original starting lineup as the DH batting cleanup, but once the scratch was made, Nate Freiman came aboard as the DH, batting seventh while Josh Donaldson, who had been batting second, moved into the cleanup spot.

The problem with Cespedes is believed to be a short-term issue.

Parker was throwing up before the game, and when he didn't improved, he was scratched with Tommy Milone getting the start.

Milone is starting in the big leagues for the first time since Aug. 27. He did pitch on inning of relief Wednesday in Minnesota.

The A's had another clubhouse health issues. Rookie outfielder Michael Choice wasn't at the park Saturday with what was thought to be food poisoning. He was with the club Sunday, but he was still feeling a little off his game.

  • It's not so much that Yu Darvish's act bothers Josh Donaldson.

    It's that the Texas starting pitcher's act is growing old.

    Darvish got the A's ticked off a little in the sixth inning Saturday when, with Donaldson in the batter's box, he yelled ``fastball'' and then threw a curve.

    Donaldson was hardly surprised. He picked out the curve and drove a single to center.


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    The A's third baseman said that Darvish has done the same thing before and that it didn't bother him.

    It bothered some of his teammates, however. Coco Crisp had to be restrained a little by his teammates when he started yelling at Darvish from the dugout.

    Afterward, Crisp said ``it's something that's not for the media.''

  • Brett Anderson, who had to come out of Friday's game with back spasms, seems to be recovering nicely.

    Melvin said Anderson could be ready to pitch out of the bullpen by the start of the homestand Monday against the Angels.

  • John Jaso, who has been out since the end of July with concussion problems, is finally starting to feel better.

    That being said, there's no telling when he'd be ready to play baseball. He's almost certainly not going to be able to come back and play for the A's this year, because even if he was feeling 100 percent and if the doctors cleared him, he'd need the equivalent of a short spring training to get ready, and that's not happening.

    ``He is starting to feel better,'' Melvin said. ``But I haven't heard anything that suggests a timeline.''