PHOENIX -- Jarrod Parker's first Cactus League performance wasn't something to write home about. That's normal for many starters, who simply use it to "get back that game feel," as Parker described.
The A's right-hander, who appears to be in line for his first career Opening Day start, was tagged for six runs on five hits in just 1 1/3 innings against the visiting Giants on Friday afternoon in Oakland's 7-6 comeback victory. He also hit a batter and walked one.
"Not something to worry about," said manager Bob Melvin. "Just a little out of sync."
"It was just good to get out there," said Parker, who went 12-8 with a 3.97 ERA in a career-high 32 starts last season. "It's such a different feel when you go from pitching to your own teammates to pitching at game speed. You want to stay with the same tempo and the same delivery. I was where I wanted to be delivery-wise, but I was up a little bit, and execution-wise, wasn't where I wanted to finish with some stuff."
The 25-year-old, who experienced forearm and elbow soreness at season's end as the result of fatigue, is taking it slow with his slider, since it's not the easiest pitch on the elbow, and threw only a couple on Friday.
"I want to ease into it and get it where I want," he said. "But I threw some good changeups. I need to really stretch out the heater and work it down. But now I know where I am and can build off of this."