Oakland Athletics catcher John Jaso has not played in a game since July 24, and unfortunately may not play in another one for the rest of the season.
Jaso, who took a foul ball off his mask that game, was initially placed on the seven-day concussion list, but his symptoms lingered. The A’s put him on the 15-day disabled list on August 8, and he will likely miss at least another three to four weeks.
“My brain is still injured, basically,” Jaso said. “The good news is I’ll be back 100 percent, and the question is when.”
The process may take awhile. Jaso says he’s still feeling “nauseous, queasy, and car sick.”
“I’ve never had vertigo or anything before. I’m totally fine with heights, but everything started moving around and I started feeling off-balance like I could fall over,” Jaso said, describing how he felt when he played catch at the Coliseum, then watched workers transform the stadium into a football field for a Raiders game .
Jaso has been the A’s most consistent catcher offensively, hitting .271 with three home runs in 70 games. In his absence, the A’s have had the inexperienced Stephen Vogt and the .228-hitting Derek Norris squat behind the plate.
“You can’t rush it. We won’t rush it,” manager Bob Melvin said. “That’s a pretty dangerous situation when you’re talking about somebody’s vision and obviously a head injury. We’ll take it pretty slow.”
However, Jaso says he’ll be ready once he feels 100 percent.
To potentially make room for another catcher, the A’s outrighted shortstop Hiro Nakajima to Triple-A Sacramento, taking him off the 40-man roster. This means the A’s now have two free slots on their roster should they choose to add a player or two.
Nakajima, who was signed this offseason from Japan, was expected to be the everyday shortstop for the A’s. However, he has been a disappointment, spending the entire season in the minors thus far.