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John Jaso could miss rest of season with concussion

Aug 17, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

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John Jaso has already missed nearly a month with a concussion and the Athletics aren’t counting on getting him back anytime soon.

According to Jane Lee of, Jaso met with concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins earlier this week and was told that he should make a full recovery. While that’s great news, the best-case scenario is that he is cleared in three weeks. That’s far from a given, especially since he’s still waking up with ringing in his ears, so Athletics manager Bob Melvin doesn’t want to bank on having him in his lineup for September and a possible playoff run.

“Whether he comes back this year, I’m not sure,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We certainly hold out hope for that, but I don’t think anybody can predict that at this point.”

Jaso has played well in his first season with Oakland, hitting .271 with a .387 on-base percentage over 70 games. Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt are currently sharing catching duties.

  1. larjones64 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    See Justin Morneau’s concussion over 2 years ago. He is just now starting to hit well again

  2. APBA Guy - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Time to moderate the comments and delete the spammers!

    The A’s miss Jaso’s .387 OBP. But Vogt has been serviceable, playing better defense than Jaso and better offense than Norris. Norris’ defense is very good, but with an average under .200, and with the expectation that Vogt’s offense will be curtailed with day-to-day exposure to MLB pitching, the A’s big obstacle is who can they add at catcher who’s a net positive? MLB quality catchers aren’t just lie around, awaiting an offer from the G & P Beane of a player to be named.

  3. atmrover - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Reminds me of last year when we lost Brandon Inge to a season ending injury. I still have a glimmer of hope we’ll get Jaso back before the end of the season – he is fast on the bases for a catcher; and the high OBP is just what the A’s and Moneyball look for. I’m not sure Vogt is the long term answer; although he has been serviceable for now. Beane may have to go out and find another catcher.

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