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John Jaso hoping to rejoin the Rays by the All-Star break

John Jaso

Tampa Bay Rays catcher John Jaso (28) watches batting practice before Game 1 in baseball’s American League division series playoffs against the Texas Rangers Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


John Jaso has been on the disabled list since injuring his wrist on Opening Day, but the Rays designated hitter is optimistic about rejoining the lineup by the All-Star break.

Jaso hasn’t started a minor-league rehab assignment yet, but Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that he’s been cleared to swing off a tee and may not require a lengthy rehab stint.

Concussions forced Jaso to stop catching, but he’s good enough offensively to help in the DH role. Jaso is a career .272 hitter with a .793 OPS versus right-handed pitching.

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