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Jaso has no structural damage in wrist

Rays using caution with catcher's return to action

ST. PETERSBURG -- John Jaso's status remains day to day after leaving Monday's 6-2 season-opening loss to the Orioles due to a left wrist contusion.

X-rays of the injury did not reveal any structural damage, nor did an MRI, which leaves swelling and pain as Jaso's biggest obstacles for returning to action.

"The wrist is still pretty sore today," Jaso said. "The range of motion. The mobility is still restricted. We're still kind of assessing it day to day. Probably not going to go out there with the team and do anything as far as like BP goes, or fundamentals or things like that. It's going to be one of those things where I go to sleep and discuss it again tomorrow with the trainers [on Wednesday]."

Jaso has not experienced a wrist injury in the past, but that did not keep him from making an analogy to another of his previous injuries.

"I've sprained my ankle before," Jaso said. "So it is something like that. There is pain associated with range of motion."

Jaso tried to advance to second on a ball in the dirt in the first inning, but he was thrown out sliding headfirst. In the process, Orioles shortstop Ryan Flaherty's knee came down on his wrist. Jaso took the blame for what happened.

"I don't know how many times I've been told I could slide headfirst, and I'm like, 'Yeah, I know,'" Jaso said. "It's kind of one of those things where I'm probably going to slide feet first next time, because I don't want this to happen again. "

Jaso allowed that hitting is all about having healthy wrists.

"If you don't have that, you don't have much to go off," Jaso said. "I bet you I could still work a walk."

The Rays will ask that Jaso be honest with them while trying to assess the healing process and whether they need to put him on the disabled list.

"That is one thing, a lingering injury wouldn't be good," Jaso said. "At the same time, this is crushing me because I want to be out there playing. It's a great feeling to be back from a season-ending [concussion] like I had last year to be back out there Opening Day. I was really amped up, and that happened. The first inning hadn't even ended yet. It was kind of disheartening."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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