Jarrod Parker leaves with right hamstring tightness
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OAKLAND -- Jarrod Parker left Saturday's game against the Cardinals in the top of the fourth inning with what the team is calling right hamstring tightness.

After recording two quick outs, Parker delivered his 48th pitch of the game to cleanup hitter Allen Craig, who hammered it for a double off the wall in left-center field. But more concerning for the A's was Parker's reaction.

The 24-year old immediately grabbed his right hamstring and crumpled in a heap on the mound. After head athletic trainer Nick Paparesta led a few stretches with manager Bob Melvin looking on, Parker resumed his place on the mound and appeared to want to stay in the game. But after a number of warm-up pitches, Melvin stepped forward and took the ball.

Parker allowed two hits in 3 2/3 innings, striking out three. Long-man Jesse Chavez entered the game for Parker and stranded Craig at second by getting Matt Holliday to ground out and end the inning.

After beginning the season 1-5 with a 7.34 ERA, Parker has caught fire in his last six starts, going 4-0 with a 2.34 ERA.

It was likely a smart decision to pull Parker. Oakland is already without starting pitcher Brett Anderson, who toughed out 5 1/3 innings on a sprained ankle in the extra innings win over the Angels on April 29 and was diagnosed afterward with a stress fracture in his foot. He's been on the disabled list since.