Game 108 wrapup: Jaso unlikely to catch this weekend; Donaldson feeling better about swing; Vogt disappointed as passed balls lead to loss
By John Hickey
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 at 6:15 pm in 2013 regular season.
John Jaso has put in his seven days, but his time on the seven-day disabled list isn’t up yet.
The seven-day DL is designed specifically for players fighting off the effects of concussions, injuries that are significant but don’t necessarily need the 15 days that is otherwise the minimum.
It turns out that in Jaso’s case, seven days isn’t enough. Talking after the game Wednesday, the veteran catcher said he thought it was unlikely that he would be playing this weekend.
And that bugs him, because the A’s host second-place Texas this week, and all things being equal, Jaso would have figured to start two of the three games.
“The way it looks now, I guess we’ll see where we are Monday,’’ Jaso said, “and evaluate then.’’
Manager Bob Melvin said that Jaso hasn’t done any baseball work while he tries to get over the concussion problem. It’s a week and counting since Jaso last played, and since he hasn’t been able to run or bike or throw, once he is ready to go Jaso may need a day or three to get ready.
“The symptoms were way down (Tuesday),’’ Jaso said. “Today, things are about the same. I think it seems like it’s still going to take a bit of time.’’
With Jaso unavailable, Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt will share time behind the plate.
–Josh Donaldson still hasn’t driven in a run since the All-Star break, but he’s beginning to feel better about his swing.
He had two hits and a walk in five trips to the plate Wednesday, and while he only went 1-for-4 Tuesday, he hit a ball to deep center that he was most proud of.
“I’m starting to feel good again,’’ he said. “That ball I hit yesterday I hit good. On most days here, that ball goes out.’’
Donaldson was hitting .310 at the All-Star break with 16 homers and 61 RBIs. The home runs and RBI totals have remained the same, but even with the three hits Wednesday his average is down to .297.
“I think I’m starting to get it back again,’’ he said.
–Stephen Vogt didn’t have his best day Wednesday.
He faced a knuckleball pitcher for the first time in his professional career with R.A. Dickey pitching for Toronto.
Behind the plate he was charged with two passed balls, and each time a run scored. The first came in the fourth inning, and without it, the A’s would
have won the game 2-1 in regulation. The second came in the 10th inning, breaking a 2-2 tie and putting the Blue Jays ahead to stay.
More than anything, Vogt was 8-0 as a starting catcher with the A’s this season before Wednesday. Now he’s 8-1.
“Obviously a loss like this hurts,’’ he said. “I didn’t do my job.’’