OAKLAND – A’s catcher John Jaso is headed for the seven-day concussion disabled list, and the team’s suddenly thin catching ranks necessitated Sunday’s trade for Geovany Soto.
That’s not the extent of the health issues concerning Oakland right now. Closer Sean Doolittle has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right intercostal muscle of his right side, the club announced Sunday. To take his spot on the roster, the A’s recalled right-handed pitcher Dan Otero from Triple-A Sacramento.
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In another revelation, third baseman Josh Donaldson also underwent an MRI on Sunday after hurting his knee in his final at-bat Saturday night. Donaldson has appeared hobbled while running the bases lately, but Melvin said it’s his understanding that it’s been a hip issue that Donaldson has been battling primarily until the knee issue surfaced Saturday night.
As for Soto, acquired from Texas for cash considerations, he’s expected to join the A’s for Monday’s road trip opener at Houston. The corresponding roster move apparently will be Jaso heading to the seven-day concussion DL. Jaso, who missed the final two-plus months of last season with a concussion, said he took a hard foul tip off the mask a couple of weeks ago and dealt with headaches for several days after.
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Those eventually went away, but Jaso said he still experiences some fuzziness in his vision. He has spoken with the doctor who treated him last season, who has prescribed rest for now. Jaso said he doesn’t believe his current condition is as serious as last year’s.