Jarrod Parker still sore, status for Thursday unclear
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OAKLAND – Jarrod Parker’s availability for his next start was unknown Sunday, one day after the A’s right-hander exited a game with an injured right hamstring.

Parker declined comment to reporters before Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. But manager Bob Melvin said Parker had some soreness after playing catch Sunday morning.

“He was a little sore today, which is to be expected,” Melvin said. “I think we’ll have a much better indication Tuesday, when he throws his bullpen, on whether or not he’s ready to pitch on Thursday.”

So the A’s are in wait-and-see mode with a pitcher who has rounded into form after a bumpy start to his second major league season.

Parker’s ERA stood at 8.10 after his first five starts. Since then, he’s gone 6-2 with a 2.91 ERA over 12 starts, solidifying himself as the A’s No. 2 starter behind Bartolo Colon.

He was dialed in Saturday – perhaps his sharpest form all season according to players and coaches – until he crumpled to the ground after throwing a pitch in the fourth inning. He walked off under his own power, and the A’s still aren’t specifically referring to his hamstring injury as a cramp or a strain at this point.

Parker’s next turn in the rotation would be Thursday agaisnt the Chicago Cubs. If he can’t go, Triple-A starters Dan Straily and Sonny Gray figure to be two top candidates to pitch in his spot.