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Rays to activate catcher John Jaso from disabled list Friday

Aug 18, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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Tampa Bay has today off and they’ll have John Jaso back in the lineup when they return to action tomorrow, as Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the catcher will come off the disabled list.

Jaso has been out since July 9 with an oblique injury, leaving Kelly Shoppach and rookie Robinson Chirinos to split time behind the plate in his absence.

Chirinos will be optioned back to Triple-A to make room on the roster for Jaso, who’ll likely resume getting most of the starts while platooning with the right-handed-hitting Shoppach.

Jaso hit just .222 with a .639 OPS in 65 games before landing on the DL, but batted .263 with a .372 on-base percentage and .750 OPS in 109 games as a rookie last season.

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