Toronto slugger Jose Bautista felt his neck tighten up during batting practice and thought it was better to take the day off.
The Blue Jays can't get their leading hitter back in the lineup soon enough.
One day after getting shut out for only the fifth time this season, Toronto managed only four singles off a pair of Oakland pitchers and lost 5-1 on Saturday night.
Bautista, who leads the majors with 35 home runs, missed five games in May with a similar condition and didn't want to risk another setback.
"Having gone through it earlier in the year I don't want it to get that bad again," Bautista said. "It was just the same neck spasms. Playing with it would have been a risk."
Bautista could return to the Blue Jays lineup Sunday, but with an off day on Monday, manager John Farrell is considering keeping Bautista out.
The news on designated hitter Adam Lind isn't as encouraging. Lind was taken out of the game after getting hit near his right wrist by a pitch from Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez. He was taken to a local hospital for X-rays and the team was waiting for the results.
"We don't know if there has been any structure damage," Farrell said.
Elsewhere in the American League it was: Detroit 10 Cleveland 1; Kansas City 9 Boston 4; Chicago White Sox 3 Texas 2; Tampa Bay 8 Seattle 0; Minnesota 9 N.Y. Yankees 4 and L.A. Angels 9 Baltimore 8, 12 innings.
At Oakland, Calif., the injuries clouded what was an otherwise solid start by right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Alvarez (0-1) allowed seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk over six innings but suffered his first career loss.
He allowed three consecutive hits in the bottom of the first, including Hideki Matsui's tying RBI single, then retired eight of the next nine until the A's scored an unearned run in the fourth.
"After the first inning i tried to look after my pitches better," said Alvarez, who spoke through an interpreter. "In my first two outings I threw a lot of fastballs and decided today that I was going to change that and start using my change-up earlier."
Gonzalez (10-11) pitched eight stellar innings for his first win in more than a month and combined with closer Andrew Bailey to retire 25 of the final 27 Toronto batters.
Oakland's all-star left-hander allowed a one-out single to Eric Thames in the first and hit Lind two batters later. Edwin Encarnacion then lined a single to right to drive in Thames, who beat the throw home from De Jesus.
Colby Rasmus followed with a walk to load the bases but Gonzalez retired Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C., on a foul pop-up to first to work out of it.
Tigers 10 Indians 1
At Detroit, Brandon Inge homered in his return to the Tigers lineup and Detroit went on to rout Cleveland 10-1. Inge was designated for assignment in July, a move that many expected to end his 11-year career.
Royals 9 Red Sox 4
At Kansas City, Mo., Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer each drove in two runs in an eight-run sixth inning to help the Royals rally to beat the Red Sox, depriving Tim Wakefield of his 200th victory.
White Sox 3 Rangers 2
At Chicago, Alex Rios entered the game when Carlos Quentin was injured in the first inning then hit a go-ahead double in the eighth, giving the White Sox a victory over the Rangers to snap a three-game skid.
Rays 8 Mariners 0
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Jeremy Hellickson allowed six hits over eight sharp innings, Evan Longoria hit his 20th homer of the season and the Rays beat the Mariners.
Twins 9 Yankees 4
At Minneapolis, A.J. Burnett lost his composure and failed to finish the second inning, when the Twins scored five times on their way to a victory over the Yankees.
Angels 9 Orioles 8, 12 innings