PHOENIX -- John Jaso, who hasn't caught in a game since suffering a concussion last July 24, is in the lineup for the A's Cactus League opener Wednesday against the Giants in Scottsdale Stadium.
Jaso first went on the special seven-day disabled list available to concussion victims, but he didn't recover quickly, wound up missing the rest of the season and the playoffs and didn't get fully right until the offseason.
"I'm excited to put on the gear, get back there and call some pitches,'' Jaso said. "It will be a real confidence boost just to do that. I'm not thinking about the concussion. I'm going out there thinking like it never happened."
The A's come into camp with three holdover catchers including lefty-hitting Stephen Vogt and right-hander Derek Norris as well as the left-handed Jaso. It's possible all three will make the March 31 opening day roster with Jaso getting time at D.H., but there are no guarantees, so the catching position joins second base and first base as the positions most up for grabs in the A's camp heading into Cactus League play.
Jaso said "if it's up to me I'd like to catch as much as possible,'' which makes Wednesday's game important.
"Maybe there is a little trepidation (for Jaso),'' manager Bob Melvin said in running Jaso out for the first time. "I know he's eager to catch. Why not have him do it on the first day?''
Melvin said spring training to date has shown a new and improved Reddick.
"He looks really good,'' Melvin said. "His balance is as good as I've seen it since (2012). The ball is jumping off his bat. He's not (straining) to create torque when he swings.''
"It was a long meeting, and rightly so. We need answers and spring training will be part of the process.''
The replay rules will be in force for all televised spring games, which for the A's is eight games.