by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013) Athletics catcher John Jaso went 2 for 5 with one double in his return to the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers. Jaso had sat out for two games because of a nagging leg injury.
Jaso has four multi-hit games in May, but he's batting .243 (9 for 37) with one double, one RBI and six walks in 15 games this month.
John Jaso sits out another game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) Athletics catcher John Jaso did not return to the starting lineup Monday at Texas, missing a second straight game with a nagging leg injury.
Jaso is having a tough May. Despite battling the injury, he's batting .219 (7 for 32) with no extra-base hits and one RBI in 14 games (nine starts).
He is available off the bench and will hope to return to action Tuesday, MLB.com reports.
John Jaso resting pesky leg
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) Athletics catcher John Jaso, who returned from his leg injury Saturday with two strikeouts, was not in the lineup Sunday against the Royals, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) Athletics catcher John Jaso returned from a leg injury Saturday, going 0 for 3 with two strikeouts as the designated hitter in a 2-1 win over the Royals. He missed one game with the injury.
Jaso is hitting .250/.339/.313 with a home run in 128 plate appearances.
John Jaso back in lineup
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Athletics catcher John Jaso returned to the lineup as the designated hitter Saturday against the Royals. Jaso sat Friday with a right leg injury.
John Jaso's right leg still sore
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/17/2013) Athletics catcher John Jaso was held out of Friday's lineup against the Royals due to a right leg injury.
Jaso, who left Wednesday's contest with the injury, told The San Francisco Chronicle that his right leg still remains sore, which indicates he'll probably not be available as a pinch-hitter Friday. He has a .257/.347/.321 line with one home run and 11 RBI in 109 at-bats.
John Jaso's leg injury not believed to be serious
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Athletics catcher John Jaso was removed from his team's 6-2 loss to the Rangers Wednesday after being hit by an Alexi Ogando pitch on his right leg, but manager Bob Melvin said after the game that Jaso should be OK for the team's series opener against the Royals Friday.
Jaso, who was 0 for 1 before departing, has hit .257/.347/.321 in 125 plate appearances this season.
John Jaso shining in leadoff spot
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Athletics catcher John Jaso has been getting most of the starts leading off for Oakland with Coco Crisp on the disabled list, the Contra Costa Times reports Tuesday.
It is preferable for a leadoff hitter to get on base and Jaso has done just that for the A's. His on-base percentage entering Tuesday's game in Cleveland in the leadoff spot was .462.
Although he said he doesn't change his work habits no matter what spot in the order he's hitting, Jaso did give a hint to why he's done so well leading off.
"Except I’ll usually look at the first pitch when I’m leading off," Jaso said before Tuesday’s game when he was, for the seventh time this season, the leadoff hitter. "Other than that, I don’t change much."
John Jaso back in leadoff spot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) Athletics designated hitter John Jaso will hit leadoff Monday against the Indians.
Jaso has primarily been used in the two-hole this season, but has played five games as the club's leadoff hitter. Jaso doesn't have the speed of most leadoff hitters, but he gets on base effectively. He's hitting .274/.351/.357 in 84 at-bats this year.
John Jaso has first three-hit game
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Athletics catcher John Jaso recorded his first three-hit game of the season on Tuesday in a weather-shortened 13-0 win at Boston. Jaso doubled and added two singles and a walk.
Batting second, the catcher smacked a two-run single in the fifth inning. He scored twice and finished 3 for 4. Jaso is batting .258 and snapped an 0-for-14 stretch at the plate.
John Jaso earns time at the top
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Prior to his return to the lineup Monday against Houston, the Athletics turned to a new face atop the batting order in outfielder Coco Crisp's absence. Catcher John Jaso occupied the top spot for two games while Crisp was sidelined -- he served as the designated hitter -- and finished hitless in six at-bats with three walks.
The move to the leadoff spot wasn't necessarily far-fetched for Jaso as he's spent most of the season as Oakland's No. 2 hitter. He has also drawn four walks, the same number as slugger Josh Reddick, and boasts a career .359 on-base percentage.
John Jaso delivers pinch-hit HR
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Pinch-hitter John Jaso had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the A's blew a four-run lead before rallying to beat the Angels 9-5 Tuesday. After the A's put two runners on in the seventh against Kevin Jepsen, Jaso's drive landed on top of the chest-high fence down the right-field line, skipping into the seats for his first home run.
"It was in the middle of the plate, and obviously it wasn't supposed to be in the middle," Jepsen said. "His bread and butter is hitting fastballs, and in situations like that, sometimes you get burned."
Jaso has hit safely in four straight games, batting .462 (6 for 13) with one homer and five RBI in that span.
John Jaso gets Rolex from King Felix
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) Felix Hernandez gave former Seattle catcher John Jaso a shiny Rolex for catching King Felix's perfect game last August against Tampa.
The gold watch was delivered to Jaso about 90 minutes before first pitch in the Mariners-Athletics season opener Monday.
"Getting to be a part of it is way bigger than this, but this is definitely a really nice gesture," Jaso said. "He really didn't have to. I was really just happy with being behind the plate. He came through."
Jaso popped up to shortstop on the second pitch he saw in the first. Perhaps that watch was still weighing on his mind. He went 1 for 3 in the game with a double against his former teammate.
Derek Norris making John Jaso obsolete?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/25/2013) He may have been a top prospect for the Nationals, but Derek Norris was so underwhelming as a rookie for the Athletics last season that they went out and acquired on-base specialist John Jaso to take his place.
Or maybe it was to motivate him.
With five home runs this spring, Norris looks primed to take a big step forward in his sophomore season. The performance would be easier to dismiss as one of those flukes of the Cactus League if not for Norris' top-prospect pedigree. The Athletics are buying into it to some extent, with manager Bob Melvin saying he'll go with the hot hand during the season.
Personally, I think Jaso will be the better of the two when the games start to count, but enough doubt has crept into my mind that I'd rather not have either as my second catcher in mixed leagues. Give me Tyler Flowers or Jason Castro instead.
Athletics to use hot hand behind the plate
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Monday that he doesn't expect the situation at catcher with John Jaso and Derek Norris to be a strict platoon, reports MLB.com.
Melvin said Norris, who hit a two-run home run in Cactus League competition Monday for his third long ball of the spring over 24 at-bats, could also face right-handed pitchers. Melvin expects to go with the hot hand.
Norris entered Monday's spring action batting .304 and Jaso is hitting .217 with six RBI over 23 at-bats. Jaso has more experience in the majors and is perhaps the better defensive backstop.
Jaso avoids arbitration
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (1/17/2013) The As came to terms with two players Thursday, avoiding arbitration with each. Outfielder Seth Smith agreed to a one-year deal, though the terms were not immediately available. Newly-acquired catcher John Jaso came to terms on a one-year deal worth $1.8 million.
Jaso shipped to Oakland
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (1/16/2013) The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the Nationals have agreed to a deal that would send outfielder Michael Morse to the Mariners, in a three-team deal also including the Athletics. The Nationals will receive pitching prospect A.J. Cole in return from the Athletics, while the Mariners send catcher John Jaso to the As to complete the deal.