John Jaso C/DH TB 3 weeks ago

Jaso is 7-for-16 with a home run and no strikeouts in his first five games following his return from wrist injury.

The sample size is far too small to be confident that the high-on-base, moderate power model of Jaso has truly returned, but it's extremely encouraging to see a hitter slugging .917 after a wrist injury. One of the bigger unknowns going forward is Jaso's role on defense, as he's played DH and left field in his first games, but can also play catcher and received practice at first base in his rehab assignment. First base will probably be an occasion fill-in role behind James Loney, while time at catcher could be a function of how comfortable the Rays are with the oft-injured Jaso's health.

John Jaso C/DH TB 3 weeks ago

Jaso went 2-for-3 with a double, a solo home run and a walk in the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Royals.

Jaso had a pinch-hit single in the first half of the doubleheader, but the homer in Game 2 really signified his return after a three-month absence due to a left wrist injury. It is feasible that Jaso could be used atop the Rays' lineup against righties going forward, as he probably serves as an upgrade over Grady Sizemore at this point.

John Jaso C/DH TB 3 weeks ago

Jaso will bat leadoff in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Royals, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

The 31-year-old singled in a pinch-hit appearance in Game 1, marking his return following a three-month absence due to a wrist injury. Jaso will step for his second start of the season in the nightcap, taking over at DH and atop the order, pushing Grady Sizemore to the two-hole. It remains to be seen if Jaso will be a regular option atop the order against right-handed pitching.

John Jaso C/DH TB 3 weeks ago

Jaso (wrist) was activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

10 weeks after injuring his wrist on Opening Day, Jaso is finally ready to rejoin the Rays. He had a solid but unspectacular rehab assignment, tallying seven hits (two doubles) and two walks in 28 at-bats between High-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham. Jaso figures to get most of his at-bats as a designated hitter, but he could also make appearances as a first baseman, corner outfielder or catcher.

John Jaso C/DH TB 3 weeks ago

Manager Kevin Cash indicated Sunday that Jaso (wrist) could rejoin the team in Kansas City this week, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jaso is expected to move his rehab to Triple-A Durham from High-A Charlotte on Sunday, and it appears he may spend minimal time there. The veteran backstop has been on the disabled list since the first game of the season, but could provide an added boost to a struggling Rays offense in the near future.

John Jaso C/DH TB 3 weeks ago

Jaso (wrist) is expected to move up to Triple-A Durham in his rehab assignment Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jaso has performed encouragingly enough at High-A Charlotte, hitting .286/.348/.381 in 23 plate appearances and receiving playing time at DH, first base, and left field. He is still on track for a early-to-mid-July return and could play several positions as the Rays like to do, including DH, catcher, first base, and left field.

John Jaso C/DH TB 1 month ago

Jaso (wrist) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Saturday, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Jaso is also scheduled to play DH for his first few rehab games, with the positions that come after a bit of mystery. A few games at catcher couldn't hurt, especially if he plays enough to get fantasy eligibility there, and the Rays clearly need some depth at first base even if James Loney becomes healthy again.

John Jaso C/DH TB 1 month ago

Jaso (wrist) said he's aiming to begin a rehab assignment by the end of the week, but still needs to make hard contact before advancing, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jaso said his wrist is "close enough to the point where I can put up a competitive at-bat," so hard contact shouldn't be too large of a hurdle to clear. It will be interesting to see which positions he plays during his rehab assignment, considering that he's receiving practice at first base.

John Jaso C/DH TB 1 month ago

Jaso (wrist) took batting practice for the second straight day and did some work at first base, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jaso has played a grand total of two games at first base in his career, but given how toxic the position has been (a .213/.261/.284 slash line in the last 30 days), the Rays are going to try anything to makes sure they have a quality first baseman during the final stretches of the division race. James Loney is expected to return before Jaso and take first base back, but Tampa Bay is going to want some depth anyway.

John Jaso C/DH TB 1 month ago

Jaso (wrist) didn't get to take batting practice on the field Thursday because of heavy rain, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jaso was scheduled to take batting practice on the field for the first time since suffering his injury. Heavy rain prevented him from doing so, but he figures to take the next step Friday afternoon. Although Jaso will likely require a lengthy rehab assignment once he's ready, he could be back around the All-Star break.