Oakland A’s vs. Tampa Bay Rays 8/31 Pregame Notes: Waiver Wire Deadline, John Jaso’s Progress, More

Some news and notes from Bob Melvin’s pregame media session:

  • On catcherJohn Jaso, who has been sidelined with concussive symptoms and side effects of them since taking a foul ball off his mask on July 24th in Houston: He still hasn’t been cleared for baseball activities, though he was on the field with the team doing warmups.  Melvin said “He’s pretty antsy about hopefully getting out there and getting some at-bats somewhere. We still haven’t ruled him out potentially being a piece for us in September, it’s just making sure he gets the clearance” before he and the team can think about him making a return.
  • Outfielder Josh Reddick, currently on the D.L. with a wrist issue, was on the field with the team doing warmups without any kind of brace on his wrist. Melvin said that Reddick has had the wrist injection but that the team can’t make a decision regarding his prognosis until he takes some swings and see how he feels (since the wrist flares up during swinging the most).
  • Regarding Rays closer Fernando Rodney getting stuck in the dugout bathroom during last night’s game: “It’s kind of funny, since it’s not you. There are some events that take place in this building but maybe not in others…I think they (the Rays) handled it pretty well and it looked like they had a little fun with it”.

A few other pregame notes…

  • The A’s are currently without the services of catchers Jaso and Derek Norris, who has a fractured toe but should presumably be coming back relatively soon. When Norris makes his return, it will be interesting to see what happens to Oakland’s roster, considering Kurt Suzuki and Stephen Vogt are splitting time behind the plate right now. It’s not customary for a team to employ three (or four) catchers, but Jaso could presumably be used as a DH-type rather than a catcher (which would help him avoid risking any more concussions).
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in exchange for outfielder Alex Presley and cash or a PTBNL. Some pinned Morneau as a potential welcomed addition to the A’s for the stretch run, as he’s had a very productive last month or so and could slide in as first base/DH option.
  • The waiver trade deadline is tonight at midnight eastern (9:00 p.m. Pacific time), so if Billy Beane wants to improve the A’s stretch drive roster with a trade, it will need to happen in the next few hours.