OAKLAND -- Stephen Vogt starts again at catcher for the A's tonight against Houston Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart -- and it sounds like Vogt can expect to keep playing against righties for the foreseeable future.
John Jaso saw Dr. Michael Collins, an expert in sports-related concussions, in Pittsburgh yesterday and manager Bob Melvin said that while the good news is Jaso is expected "to be fully recovered" from the concussion that has kept him out since July 24, there's still no timetable for a Jaso return to the A's.
Melvin said Jaso has been able to lift weights and do conditioning work, but still hasn't been cleared to do baseball activity and needs to pass visual tests before he can do so.
"He is going to be fully recovered fro m this, it's just not at this point and it's going to take some time," Melvin said.
The A's are covered behind the plate tonight, though, as Derek Norris' back is better and Melvin said Norris is available off the bench tonight and will likely start Thursday's day game.
Here's the full lineup for the A's tonight against Cosart:
And the Astros' lineup against A's right-hander Jarrod Parker:
* Coco Crisp received a cortisone injection in his sore left wrist Tuesday night, meaning he won't swing a bat today and likely will be out of the lineup Thursday as well. Melvin said Crisp could be available to pinch-run, as he did late in Tuesday night's game.
* It's a normal day off for Jed Lowrie, opening the door for Albert Callaspo to make his first start in the leadoff spot for the A's.
* Melvin gave a quick scouting report on Cosart, the 23-year-old righty who made his big-league debut in July and is 1-0 with a 1.36 ERA in five starts. Cosart reaches the mid-to-high 90s with his fastball, mixes in a cutter, curve and changeup and is "maybe the best starter" the Astros have right now, Melvin said.
* Melvin was also asked about one of his own starters -- Bartolo Colon, who had his second consecutive rough outing on Tuesday night and has allowed 10 runs in 6 2/3 innings in two August starts.
The manager basically reiterated what he said after last night's game -- Colon's velocity has been down recently but looked to have regained a few MPH last night. The problem was more with command, and the Astros taking advantage of mistakes. There are no plans in the near future to put Colon on extended rest or skip any of his starts.
"if he feels like he needs it we can certainly stay communicative with him about that," Melvin said. "But he's just going through a rough patch right now."
* Parker and Cosart squared off once before this year -- July 23, in a 5-4 Astros win. Their lines were virtually identical -- both allowed two runs (one earned) in seven innings, with Parker allowing five hits and Cosart seven. Round two at 7:05 p.m.
-- Matt Kawahara