John Jaso will be limited to pinch-hitting after returning from concussion


John Jaso was a big part of the A’s offense at the time of his concussion in August, posting the same OPS that Yoenis Cespedes had in Oakland, but now that he’s almost ready to return it’ll be in a much more limited role.

Joe Stiglich of reports that Jaso “will probably be utilized solely as a pinch-hitter” because the A’s don’t want to jeopardize his health by playing him at catcher and they acquired Adam Dunn from the White Sox to be their primary designated hitter.

Jaso can certainly make an impact in that role–all it takes is one big hit in one big spot–but it’s a shame because he’s batted .270 with a .372 on-base percentage and .796 OPS in 277 games since 2012.

He’s hoping to come off the concussion disabled list later this week.

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