John Jaso not cleared to return from concussion


Earlier this week A’s catcher/designated hitter John Jaso was believed to be on the verge of returning from an August concussion, albeit in a limited bench role, but now those plans have been scrapped.

Daniel Kramer of reports that Jaso met Wednesday with a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh who advised him to “return to Oakland and halt baseball activities for the time being.”

According to manager Bob Melvin the specialist “just wasn’t happy in the direction that he was going” nearly three weeks after suffering the concussion.

At this point it seems unlikely that Jaso will play again this season. He hit .264 with nine homers and a .767 OPS in 99 games before the brain injury, splitting his time pretty evenly between catcher and designated hitter.

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