OAKLAND -- The A's might get John Jaso back by this weekend, but in a limited capacity.
The left-handed hitting catcher, troubled for the second straight season by concussion issues, took batting practice with the club Tuesday, and both he Jaso and manager Bob Melvin said it was unlikely he will catch, at least right away.
"I think they're looking at me as a left-handed hitter in the lineup or pinch-hitting,'' Jaso said. :The way it is right now, I don't think I'm ready to catch. What if I get hit again? There could be some real damage that would knock me out for the rest of the season."
The left-handed hitting Jaso was the A's regular DH against right-handed pitching when he was injured. Adam Dunn has that role now, so Jaso may see most of his action off the bench until he can catch.
Melvin said he has no plans to use Jaso behind the plate, and he's not sure that would change between now and the end of the month. Dr. Mickey Collins, the concussion expert who has helped to treat Jaso, would have to give the go-ahead.
"There would have to be clearance from Dr. Collins," Melvin said. "He'd have to say there was no issue."
Jaso missed the last couple months of the 2013 season with concussion issues, but was free of them this year until the last A's homestand, where he was winged in the head by a foul ball that left him light-headed.
"I get up in the morning now and it's good," Jaso said. "So there's definite progress. But could I catch? Maybe in an emergency. And I don't know, it could be like this the rest of the year. Right now none of us want to risk it.''
Melvin said there was no timetable for Crisp, but it seems unlikely he'll play Wednesday, and the A's have Thursday off before playing the Astros this weekend.
The A's can't count on it, however. Intercostal injuries are notoriously inconsistent in healing, and the time it takes different players to heal can vary.
Freiman has resumed his role as the first baseman against left-handed starting pitchers, getting the start Tuesday against the Mariners' James Paxton. Pomeranz will be the long man in the bullpen and is an emergency starter, too.
Although both men would have preferred to stay with the A's throughout, they did enjoy their time with the Class-A team, composed mostly of collegians just taken by the A's in the June draft.
While they were there, Pomeranz and Freiman paid for a couple of post-game clubhouse meals for the team.
"Let's put it this way -- there weren't any leftovers," Freiman said. "They crushed that thing, both days. But they got some help from me."