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28 John Jaso DH
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 9/19/1983 | Birthplace: Chula Vista, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Southwestern (Tex.) | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $1,800,000 | Owned/Started%: 10/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rays' John Jaso (wrist) almost ready to swing bat


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Rays designated hitter John Jaso said Monday that the swelling in his injured left wrist is nearly gone, The Tampa Tribune reports.

Jaso has begun strength conditioning and feels he'll be ready to swing a bat within a week. He's been sidelined since suffering the wrist contusion while sliding into a base on Opening day.


Rays' John Jaso still not participating in baseball activities


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Rays designated hitter John Jaso is still not ready to participate in baseball activities, general manager Matt Silverman said per the Tampa Bay Times.

"It's a slowly progressing healing process for John," Silverman said.

Jaso is currently on the 60-day DL with a wrist injury. He is yet to play in a game this season for Tampa Bay after hitting .264 with nine home runs in 2014.


Rays C John Jaso moved to 60-day DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The left wrist sprain that Rays catcher John Jaso sustained on Opening Day has not improved enough to bring him back any time soon. He has been placed on the 60-day disabled list, pushing his timetable back for a return to at least early June, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Jaso put just one at-bat in the books before going down.


Rays DH John Jaso: 'I can't even lift a bat with my left hand'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Rays designated hitter John Jaso remains without a timetable to get back on the field while battling a wrist injury, reports the Tampa Tribune.

"There's no time frame right now (for a return)," Jaso said. "I can't even lift a bat with my left hand, so I don't know where it's going to be at as far as length of time until I can even start swinging off a tee."

Jaso jammed his wrist after sliding head first in Tampa Bay's Opening Day game.

"Right now (I'm) kind of just keeping everything else in shape as far as running and throwing and stretching and all that other stuff I do, which is hardly anything," Jaso said.


Rays' John Jaso to miss more time than expected


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that designated hitter John Jaso (wrist) will likely be out longer than initially expected, MLB.com reports.

"It's just such a tricky injury, it's a wrist ... you've got to get the swelling out of there totally before you he can really grab a bat," Cash said. "I know he's doing different drills. Top hand stuff. We don't want him to aggravate it, re-injure it or anything. So you have to kind of let it cool off."

Jaso suffered a wrist contusion while sliding into second base on Opening Day and was later placed on the disabled list. He's first eligible to be activated April 22, but it sounds as if he'll need longer to recover.


Rays' John Jaso (wrist) yet to swing bat


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that the swelling in the wrist of designated hitter John Jaso has gone down but that he's still unable to swing a bat, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jaso was sent to the disabled list Thursday after suffering the wrist injury on Opening Day while sliding into a base.


Rays officially place C John Jaso on 15-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) The Rays have officially placed catcher John Jaso on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, per the team's official website. Jaso is nursing a wrist contusion, which he suffered sliding head-first into second base on Opening Day. The team recalled Mikie Mahtook from Triple-A Durham to replace his spot on the active roster.

Rays to place John Jaso on DL, call up OF Mikie Mahtook


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) The Rays are placing John Jaso on the disabled list on Thursday, the team announced. In a corresponding move, the team called up outfielder Mikie Mahtook .

Jaso has been dealing with a wrist contusion that he suffered sliding into a base on Opening Day. Jaso walked in his only at-bat this season.

Mahtook, 25, completed spring training with a batting average of .067 with one home run and three RBI in 15 plate appearances.


Report: Rays DH John Jaso likely headed to 15-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rays designated hitter John Jaso will likely land on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist contusion, according to the Tampa Tribune on Wednesday. Jason suffered the injury while sliding head-first into second base on Opening Day.

"There is definitely pain there," Jaso said. "I sprained my ankle before. I’d say it’s something like that. There is pain associated with the range of motion."

Jaso drew a walk in his only plate appearance of the season.


Rays DH John Jaso out for Wednesday, David DeJesus to fill in


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Rays designated hitter John Jaso will miss Wednesday's game with a wrist injury, manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday per the Tampa Bay Times.

Jaso suffered a wrist contusion Monday and will also miss Tuesday's game with the injury. He is expected to be re-evaluated Wednesday for a further diagnosis after X-rays did not show a break and an MRI didn't show any ligament damage, according to the MLB.com. He is considered day-to-day.

"The wrist is still pretty sore today," Jaso said. "The range of motion. The mobility is still restricted. We're still kind of assessing it day to day. Probably not going to go out there with the team and do anything as far as like BP goes, or fundamentals or things like that. It's going to be one of those things where I go to sleep and discuss it again tomorrow with the trainers [on Wednesday]."

The team wants him to consider not sliding headfirst anymore.

"I don't know how many times I've been told I could slide headfirst, and I'm like, 'Yeah, I know,'" Jaso said. "It's kind of one of those things where I'm probably going to slide feet first next time, because I don't want this to happen again. "

David DeJesus will fill in as the DH Wednesday. DeJesus is hitting .269 with six home runs and 16 RBI in his career as a DH.


Rays designated hitter John Jaso out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Rays regular designated hitter John Jaso is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles with a writst injury, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Jaso suffered a wrist contusion in Monday's game while trying to advance on a wild pitch. Jaso expects to miss a few days with the injury and said it was really sore.

He will not take batting practice Tuesday and will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

The Orioles are the favorites (-110) over the Rays Tuesday.


Rays DH John Jaso leaves game with wrist contusion


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Rays designated hitter John Jaso left Monday's game with a left wrist contusion. He was injured while attempting to advance on a wild pitch.

Jaso, 31, was replaced by David DeJesus in the third inning. Prior to exiting the game, Jaso walked once.

Jaso is said to be out at least a couple of days after suffering a sprained left wrist. X-Rays came back showing there was no break, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

"It's really sore," said Jaso after the game.


Rays to use Opening Day lineup vs. Tigers on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that his lineup against the Tigers on Saturday, will be the same he uses on Opening Day, and against right-handed pitchers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The club will roll with John Jaso, Steven Souza, Asdrubal Cabrera, Evan Longoria, James Loney, Desmond Jennings, Logan Forsythe, Rene Rivera and Kevin Kiermaier.

Against left-handed pitchers, Cash told reporters he will use Brandon Guyer at the leadoff spot, Jennings and Loney will flip spots in the order, Forsythe will serve as a designated hitter and Tim Beckham will be at second base, per the Tampa Tribune.


Logan Forsythe still expected to receive playing time at 1B this spring


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that Logan Forsythe will still receive some playing time at first base this spring. However, the Rays may revisit John Jaso as a possible backup to James Loney, and will consider outfielder Steven Souza only "in a pinch," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Rays' John Jaso (shin) back in lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Rays designated hitter John Jaso is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates.

Jaso hasn't played since being hit by a pitch on the shin Saturday. He'll lead off and play left field Tuesday. Jaso is 1 for 3 with a double in two spring games.


Rays DH John Jaso (shin) expected to play Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Rays DH John Jaso is expected to start in left field for Tuesday's spring game against the Pirates, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Jaso left Saturday's game after getting hit by a pitch. He was diagnosed with a bruised right shin.

Rays to hold out John Jaso after HBP


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Rays catcher John Jaso will sit out Sunday with a bruised right shin. 

Jaso left Saturday's game after getting hit by a pitch. The injury wasn't believed to be serious. 

"Jaso seems fine," Rays manager Kevin Cash told MLB.com's Bill Chastain. "Obviously would be good to go had this been a regular-season game. But we'll be smart with it. He was scheduled to play today in the outfield."


John Jaso leaves Rays' game after being hit by pitch


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Rays catcher John Jaso was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Pirates after being hit by a pitch, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Jaso was taken back to the clubhouse by the trainer. 

The Rays announced that Jaso had a bruised lower right leg, but it wasn't believed to be serious.


Rays DH John Jaso doing well in early stages of outfield experiment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash seems pleased with how catcher/DH John Jaso is doing in his transition to the outfield, per The Tampa Tribune

“He was reading balls off the bat and he looked great,” Cash said. “(Monday) the outfielders did their first light throwing. Every ball he threw was right on line. I think from speaking with him, he’s been comfortable with it. We probably didn’t anticipate getting him out there until the end of spring, but I think we have him coming in the third or fourth game of the year and see how it goes. If he’s good we’ll keep working him out there. That’s a great asset for us to have.”

While Jaso's role will primarily be at DH, the Rays want him to learn how to play in the outfield to add versatility to the team's roster.

“I’m enjoying the outfield experience so far,” Jaso said. “I think the challenge is going to be picking up the ball and knowing where to throw, knowing where the cutoff man is going to be, and when there are runners on, knowing which base to throw to to keep the double play in order and catch yourself throwing to third base."


Rays want John Jaso to focus on filling DH role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2015) After last month's Ben Zobrist trade, newly acquired Rays catcher John Jaso is expected to focus primarily on filling the designated hitter role, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Jason missed the end of the season due to a concussion, and is not afraid to go behind the plate in an emergency situation, if needed. Outside of DH and emergency catcher roles, 31-year-old is also expected to get work in the outfield and at first base when he reports to camp this month.

"It's definitely going to be different," Jaso said. "I'm going to just have to see how it is. I have no idea. The Big Papi program? I don't know. … This will be kind of the first time for me.

"We have an understanding that they want me to hit, and putting me in the instance where I could be in harm's way -- where I would then be on the bench for the rest of the year -- that's not worth it at this point," Jaso said.

Rays reach settlements with six remain arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Rays have reached settlements with the six remaining players on one-year deals, reports the Tampa Bay Times on Friday.

Alex Cobb is due to make $4 million, while Jake McGee will make $3.55 million. John Jaso will make $3.175 million, Rene Rivera is set for $1.2M, and Logan Forsythe will earn $1.1 million next season. Drew Smyly settled for $2.65 million, plus the chance at an additional $25,000 if he makes 28 starts and $25,000 more if he gets to 30, per the report.


A's acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar from Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) The Athletics have acquired infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Rays in exchange for catcher John Jaso and two prospects and cash, both clubs announced Saturday. The two prospects include shortstop Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported the trade, and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed the deal.

Zobrist, a two-time All Star, is coming off a season in which he hit .272/.354/.395 over 570 at-bats. He is entering the final year of his contract, and is due $7.5 million next season. Escobar, 32, hit 258/.324/.340 with seven homers and 39 RBI over 476 at-bats in 2014. He is expected to earn $5 million this season and $7 million in 2016, with a club option for 2017 at $7 million with a $1 million buyout.

The move will likely turn recently acquired Marcus Semien into an "everyday super utility player," Slusser said.


John Jaso past concussion, hopes to stay with the Athletics


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) With the additions of DH Billy Butler and first baseman Ike Davis, there might be less playing time for Athletics catcher John Jaso in 2015 -- if he remains with the team. Even Jaso is bracing for the potential he could be traded this offseason, according to the Bay Area News Group.

"I talked to (general manager) Billy (Beane) and I don’t know anything about where I’ll be," Jaso said. "I told him I’m open to addition positions like first base and the outfield, whatever he needs, but as of right now my priority is being a catcher.

"I have no idea if I will be traded. If you’d asked me two years ago when I was with the Mariners, I would have said, 'Hell, yeah, I’m staying,’ but then I was traded. I love this organization and my teammates and I would love to stay with the A’s."

Jaso said he has been cleared to resume catching after he missed the end of the season due to a concussion.

"I think that’s ancient history now," Jaso said. "I’m moving on, starting my workouts and I’m ready to go. As of right now, I’m still planning on taking up catching again, whatever team I’m on."


Athletics C John Jaso cleared for baseball activities


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/19/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso, whose season ended in August due to a concussion, has been cleared for all baseball activities, general manager Billy Beane told MLB.com. This means Jaso can catch again, but how often he'll catch next year is unclear, the report said.

The team is considering using Jaso at first base, too, per MLB.com.


John Jaso, Craig Gentry likely done


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Athletics manager Bob Melvin acknowledged Sunday that catcher John Jaso and outfielder Craig Gentry are running out of time to return from their concussions and could miss the rest of the season, according to MLB.com.

"With eight games left," Melvin said, "there's always that possibility."

Craig suffered his concussion Sept. 9 after suffering one previously in 2011. Jaso's came way back in August. He was expected to return as a pinch-hitter and part-time DH at one point, but a visit with a concussion specialist Sept. 10 pushed back his timetable.