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John Jaso is “a long shot” to rejoin the A’s for the playoffs

Sep 25, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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John Jaso has been on the disabled list since July with a concussion, but the A’s catcher is playing instructional league games this week to see if returning for the playoffs is possible.

However, according to Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com it’s “a long shot” and if Jaso does return for the postseason he’d be used strictly as a hitter rather than risking any more brain trauma at catcher.

Jaso isn’t much of a defensive catcher anyway and he posted a .387 on-base percentage in 70 games before the concussion, so having him available even in a role as limited as pinch-hitter could still be plenty valuable for the A’s.

  1. APBA Guy - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    The A’s playoff roster construction will be an interesting exercise for the fans to watch. Currently the A’s are carrying 3 catchers, all of whom contribute. But the A’s are also reliever-heavy, and regularly carry 5 outfielders. Something will have to give for the playoffs.

    • clydeserra - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Smith has got to be odd man out, no?

  2. jdl1325 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Definitely interesting. With the likeliest scenario being the A’s facing Detroit and their RH heavy rotation, you would think they would have to keep Vogt as one of their three catchers if Jaso doesn’t get behind the plate.

    If the A’s secure 1st and end up potentially facing the Rays and Price and Moore, I could see Vogt being the odd man out.

    • atmrover2013 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Kurt Suzuki will probably be the odd man out.

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