The A's got a mixed report on right-handed starting pitcher Jarrod Parker Sunday morning. It could have been better, but it could have been much worse.

Parker, who limped out of Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning after having suffered either a cramp in his right hamstring or a right hamstring strain, said he was still feeling some pain in his leg Sunday.

"It's probably typical that there's some soreness the next day,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ``But he's a little better. We'll have a much better indication Tuesday when he throws batting practice.''

The A's have not ruled out Parker being able to make his next scheduled start Saturday against the Royals in Kansas City.

The fact that the A's believe Parker will be able to throw BP is in itself a good sign. If the injury was clearly a strain, they'd keep him from throwing.