Less than a week after his 2013 season was thought to be over, catcher John Jaso will report to the A's minor league complex in Arizona this Sunday to take the next step in his recovery from the concussions that have shelved him for the last two months.
Jaso hit the seven-day disabled list after suffering concussion symptoms from multiple foul tips off his catcher's mask on July 25. Now he'll hit off live pitching, alongside the 44 prospects competing in the A's 2013 fall instructional league, which runs until Oct. 19.
The 30-year old resumed baseball activities this week. He took batting practice with his team Thursday for the second day in a row and knocked a few out of the park.
"I feel good," he told CSNBayArea.com. "No symptoms."
Despite the progress, Jaso was careful about setting goals for his trip to the instructional league.
"I want to compete. And I want to put myself in a position that if they call on me, I'm ready."
The A's were counting against having Jaso available for the 25-man playoff roster, preparing for a run with the platoon of Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt behind the dish. Jaso's availability could complicate things, although he is unlikely to catch again until 2014. The five-year veteran would more likely serve manager Bob Melvin as a late-inning pinch leadoff batter.
Jaso is batting .271 with three home runs, 31 runs, 21 RBI and a .387 on-base percentage in 70 games for the A's this year.
"He really turned the corner," Melvin said before Thursday's game. "The next step (is) to get him some at-bats. If that's the case, you never know."
The A's, with their dwindling magic number down to four, wrap up the final homestand of the year Sunday before heading to Los Angeles and Seattle for their last 10 regular season games. Game 1 of the ALDS is on Oct. 4, giving Jaso exactly two weeks.