A’s-Astros pre-game notes

OAKLAND — Here are some pregame notes to tide you over until the Astros and A’s complete their game tonight at the Coliseum.

— Catcher John Jaso still hasn’t been cleared to do baseball-related activities, manager Bob Melvin said. However, he was informed by noted concussion expert Dr. Michael Collins that “he’s going to be fully recovered from this.”

Melvin said Jaso is permitted to do physical activities such as weightlifting and riding a stationary bike. There is no timetable for Jaso’s return. He will remain on the disabled list “for the foreseeable future,” Melvin said.


— Melvin said ace Bartolo Colon isn’t going to receive any additional rest on the heels of back-to-back rough outings.

Colon allowed five runs each against the Reds and Astros and got removed before the fifth inning both times.

“He’s just going through a rough patch right now,” Melvin said.

Melvin said he was encouraged by Colon’s “uptick” in velocity against the Astros on Tuesday night. He is hopeful that the movement on Colon’s pitches picks up the next start.


— Jed Lowrie received a day off Wednesday. Melvin said the rest for his starting shortstop had more to do with how much Lowrie has played this season than it did with Lowrie getting hit in the right knee on a pick-off throw at second base Tuesday night. Eric Sogard started at shortstop.


— Regular lead-off hitter and center fielder Coco Crisp didn’t start for the third straight game as a result of a sore left wrist.

“We gave him a little injection last night, which probably sets him back a day or two,” Melvin said.

Crisp is available to pinch-run until his return to the lineup. Alberto Callaspo batted lead-off Wednesday night for the first time since he signed with the A’s.

Steve Corkran