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John Jaso | Designated Hitter

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/19/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Rays transferred C John Jaso from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
Jaso injured his left wrist on a slide into third base during the Rays' season-opening game April 6 against the Orioles. It was initially called a contusion, but it's clearly much more serious than that. He won't be eligible for activation until early June. Apr 27 - 1:30 PM

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John Jaso - DH - Rays

John Jaso (wrist) played catch Friday without a glove on his left hand.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that the swelling has not gone down in Jaso's wrist, thus the reason for him still not being able to wear a glove yet. He's eligible to return from the disabled list next Wednesday but seems unlikely to be ready at that time.
Apr 17 - 3:22 PM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that the swelling has not gone down in John Jaso's wrist.

Which is a good indication that Jaso will not be activated when first eligible on April 22. Jaso jammed his left wrist in the Rays' season-opener last Monday. Tampa Bay has used a carousel at DH in his absence.
Apr 16 - 9:08 AM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

Rays placed C/DH John Jaso on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 7, with a left wrist contusion.

Jaso jammed his wrist when sliding awkwardly into second base in Monday's season-opener. The Rays had hoped he'd be able to avoid the DL, but they couldn't continue playing with a depleted bench. He should be able to return when first eligible.
Apr 9 - 10:10 PM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that the Rays will "likely" place John Jaso (wrist) on the disabled list.

Jaso appears unlikely to be able to play for a few days after admitting prior to Tuesday's game that his left wrist was still sore. With James Loney (side) also now injured, the Rays can't afford to wait it out with Jaso. "There is definitely pain there," Jaso said. "I sprained my ankle before. I’d say it’s something like that. There is pain associated with the range of motion." David DeJesus and Brandon Guyer will share the designated hitter duties while Jaso is out.
Apr 8 - 9:26 AM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

John Jaso (wrist) will not play Wednesday.

David DeJesus is expected to serve as the Rays' designated hitter in their series-finale against the Orioles. Logan Forsythe is in that spot on Tuesday night. Jaso suffered a left wrist contusion when he slid awkwardly into second base in Monday's season-opener. He's considered day-to-day.
Apr 7 - 4:30 PM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

John Jaso (wrist) will be reevaluated Wednesday.

Jaso suffered a left wrist contusion on a head-first slide into second base during Monday's season-opener. He said Tuesday that he's still "pretty sore" and isn't expected to take batting practice or do any baseball activities. Consider him day-to-day for now. Logan Forsythe is starting at DH on Tuesday while Tim Beckham is playing second base. Brandon Guyer is handling leadoff duties.
Apr 7 - 3:52 PM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

John Jaso left Monday's game against the Orioles with a left wrist contusion.

Jaso injured himself on a slide while attempting to advance on a wild pitch. The good news is that X-rays came back clean, so he should be back out there on Tuesday.
Apr 6 - 4:11 PM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

John Jaso is at leadoff for the Rays in Monday's season-opener against the Orioles.

Jaso is expected to be the Rays' leadoff man against right-handers throughout the 2015 season. The full Opening Day lineup for Tampa Bay: John Jaso DH, Steven Souza RF, Asdrubal Cabrera SS, Evan Longoria 3B, James Loney 1B, Desmond Jennings LF, Logan Forsythe 2B, Rene Rivera C, Kevin Kiermaier CF. Chris Archer will toe the rubber.
Apr 6 - 10:19 AM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

John Jaso went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored as a Rays split-squad edged the Orioles 4-3 on Tuesday.

The Rays have been giving Jaso a look in left field this spring, but he hasn't been all that impressive. It's fine; he's set to DH most of the time anyway. He'll likely find himself in the leadoff spot against righties and on the bench versus lefties.
Mar 31 - 4:26 PM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

John Jaso (leg) expects to return to action Tuesday.

Jaso suffered a bruise on his lower right leg Saturday when he was hit by a pitch. It's no big deal.
Mar 9 - 9:18 AM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

John Jaso was diagnosed with a bruised lower right leg after being hit by a pitch during Saturday's game against the Pirates.

Jaso should be good to return to the lineup in a day or two and avoided any significant injury. Still eligible at catcher but slated to serve as the Rays primary DH, he is an intriguing option in mixed leagues.
Mar 7 - 2:32 PM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

John Jaso was removed from Saturday's game against the Pirates after being hit by a pitch.

Jaso went into the clubhouse with the training staff and presumably will head for a precautionary X-ray. The team should have an update on his status shortly.
Mar 7 - 1:27 PM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

Rays and C/DH John Jaso avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.175 million contract.

It was Jaso's final year of arbitration eligibility. He's slated to serve mainly as a designated hitter for the Rays after coming over from the A's via trade last week.
Jan 16 - 1:43 PM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman indicated Saturday that John Jaso is unlikely to see much playing time at catcher in 2015.

We're happy to hear that for Jaso's sake, as he's had his last two seasons cut short due to concussions. While he was checked out earlier this offseason and cleared for all activity, putting him behind the plate would be dangerous. Jaso figures to see most of his playing time in the designated hitter spot, though he will also play some first base and will give the outfield a shot in spring training.
Jan 11 - 9:51 AM

Depth Charts

C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Tim Beckham
4Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Drew Smyly
5Nate Karns
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Colome
8Matt Andriese
9Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Kevin Jepsen
4Ernesto Frieri
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7C.J. Riefenhauser
8Everett Teaford
9Xavier Cedeno
10Brandon Gomes