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.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.