John Jaso to DL with Strained Oblique

The Tampa Bay Rays have placed catcher John Jaso on the disabled list with a strained right oblique.

Jaso was able to play up until the Saturday before the All-Star break without showing major signs of injury, so the announcement came as a bit of a surprise.  The 27 year old was apparently dealing with discomfort in his side since the Rays series in Minnesota July 4th.

Jaso played through the pain, perhaps hoping that the All-Star break would allow him the rest needed to avoid a stint on the DL.  However, this was not the case as the backstop will be shelved at least two weeks.

“It’s not awful,” Rays’ manage Joe Maddon said of Jaso’s injury. “He sounds as though he might be more on the minimal side of that particular injury, as opposed to the greater side of it.”

Hopefully he’s right, but the club certainly knows firsthand that oblique’s can be more serious.  Rays star third baseman Evan Longoria missed a month to start the season because of a bad oblique, and he still hasn’t fully recovered at the plate (.239/.321/.459).

On the year Jaso has appeared in 65 games with the Rays, splitting time behind the plate with Kelly Shoppach.  Jaso’s been the better of the two with the bat, which may not be saying much considering Shoppach’s hitting a piddling .168.

Still, Jaso has been at least serviceable, producing an OPS of .639 which actually puts him ahead of more well known backstops Kurt Suzuki and Joe Mauer in that department.

Tampa has called up catcher Jose Lobaton to replace Jaso on their roster.  Lobaton has hit well for the Rays’ Triple-A squad this season, posting an OPS of .899 over 54 games with 8 homeruns and 31 RBIs.  The 26 year old will see some starts behind the plate against righty’s and Shoppach will move into the role of primary catcher for the time being.

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Tags: Evan Longoria Joe Mauer John Jaso Jose Lobaton Kelly Shoppach Kurt Suzuki Minnesota Twins Tampa Bay Rays

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