Norris better, Crisp ailing, Jaso still feeling concussion effects

Norris better, Crisp ailing, Jaso still feeling concussion effects
August 13, 2013, 5:45 pm
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John Jaso has not played since July 24, and it is unclear when he will return to the A's lineup. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Programming note: A's-Astros coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet California at 6:30 p.m. with A's Pregame Live

OAKLAND -- Derek Norris' back is feeling "1000 times" better that it did on Sunday, Coco Crisp's left wrist is still bothersome and John Jaso flew to Pittsburgh to see a specialist regarding his still-present concussion symptoms.

Such is life on the A's injury report.

The hope for Norris is that, with a left-hander starting Thursday in Houston's Erik Bedard, the right handed-hitting Norris could start that day. Still, A's manager Bob Melvin was holding out hope Norris could be available off the bench Tuesday night if needed against the Astros.

Norris caught Sonny Gray's first big league start on Saturday and his back locked up during the game. Now, Norris says his back is simply tight.

Crisp, meanwhile, is still feeling the effects from his back-handed diving catch on Toronto's artificial turf on Sunday. Melvin said he was not sure what Crisp's time frame to return would be until the leadoff-hitting center fielder swings a bat.

And the results of Jaso's visit with Dr. Michael Collins were not yet known by the A's, though Melvin said Jaso tried to play catch recently and still felt the effects of his concussion, prompting the trip to Pittsburgh.