ARLINGTON, Texas –- A’s catcher John Jaso won’t be taking the field again this season, and outfielder Craig Gentry also appears a long shot, according to manager Bob Melvin.
Both are recovering from concussions, and the comeback trail has been slow and not without setbacks for both players.
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Jaso hasn’t appeared in a game since Aug. 23, after taking a hard foul tip off the mask a couple of weeks before that. He visited a concussion specialist two weeks ago after experiencing continuing symptoms, and was told to halt baseball activity for the time being.
Gentry, who’s been out since being involved in a hard collision at first base Sept. 9 against the White Sox, stood in the batter’s box and tracked pitches in the bullpen Thursday. That’s his first baseball activity since suffering his concussion, and Melvin labeled him as “probably a long shot” to return to action this weekend or in the postseason if the A’s advance.
Gentry and Jaso are both eligible for arbitration this offseason and under team control with the A’s.