The Oakland Athletics enter play on August 31 just two games behind Texas in the A.L. West, and they hold a half-game lead in the Wild Card race. While primed for an American League postseason berth, the Athletics are awaiting reinforcements. Josh Reddick, Derek Norris, and John Jaso are all on the disabled list but are due back in early to mid-September. Here are the latest updates via MLB.com's Jeff Kirshman and Jane Lee.
Right fielder Josh Reddick received a cortisone shot on Wednesday to ease the pain in his right wrist. Reddick is on the disabled list with a sprain. He last played on August 25, and he is eligible to come off the DL on September 9. However, there is no set time yet for his return. The cortisone shot will likely keep him from working out for a few more days, but it should help him recover faster overall. Reddick is hitting .213 with 10 HR and 46 RBI in 97 games. This is his second DL stint with the wrist injury this season.
Catcher Derek Norris will begin a Triple-A rehab assignment on Saturday with plans to return to Oakland next Thursday when the Athletics host the Houston Astros. Norris is on the disabled list with a fractured toe. He has taken batting practice, run, cut, turn, and squatted in recent days without reporting any issues. He will catch on Saturday, hit as the DH on Sunday, and catch again on Monday, the Triple-A River Cats' final game. Norris last played on August 20. He is hitting .232 with 8 HR and 26 RBI in 84 games. He cites high pain threshold and love for the game as two main reasons for his fast recovery.
Lee reports that catcher John Jaso has resumed baseball activities by playing catch and hitting off a tee. Jaso is on the disabled list with a concussion. Manager Bob Melvin said that Jaso will begin taking live batting practice during the current home stand. Jaso last played on July 24. He is hitting .271 with 3 HR and 21 RBI in 70 games.
All three players should return my mid-September. With the rosters expanding on Sunday, no one will have to leave to make room. The A.L. West and Wild Card races are still up for grabs, and the Athletics are primed for one of the playoff spots.
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