Now Commenting On:

Parker late scratch with illness, may start Monday

Parker late scratch with illness, may start Monday

Parker late scratch with illness, may start Monday

ARLINGTON - Just minutes after removing Yoenis Cespedes from their lineup because of shoulder soreness, the A's announced they'd also be without scheduled starter Jarrod Parker for Sunday's series finale in Texas.

Parker was scratched due to illness and replaced by lefty Tommy Milone, who entered the day 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in five career starts against the Rangers. Milone notched his first career win against Texas, allowing just one run on five hits in a 5-1 victory.

As for Parker, the right-hander could start as soon as Monday at home against the Angels, according to manager Bob Melvin, who would then likely bump scheduled starter Sonny Gray to Tuesday. Parker was feeling better after Sunday's game, but couldn't commit to a Monday start.

"If I feel better," Parker said, "we'll assess it and make a decision."

Parker, undefeated in his last 19 starts, vomited in the morning and knew he likely couldn't give the A's what they needed in a pivotal game.

"To pitch here in a day game, dehydrated, if I go one inning, it kind of handcuffs us, so I think it was a good decision," he said. "Huge pickup by Tommy to step in and do a great job on short notice. He did an unbelievable job of stepping up."

"He did a great job for us," said Jed Lowrie. "That's quite a luxury to have as a team, to have a guy that's proven he can do it in the past and to be able to throw him out there in a big game like this against a big divisional rival and pitch the way he did."

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español