Jaso collected two of Pittsburgh's three hits Friday, narrowly missing a home run against Philadelphia. The Bucs moved him out of the leadoff spot because his on-base clip has dropped to .329 since early May. With doubles in consecutive games, Jaso has collected one more extra-base hit than he totaled in his previous 49 plate appearances. He's 2-for-3 off Saturday starter Aaron Nola.
Jaso is out of Friday's lineup against the Nationals. After a hot start to the season, Jaso hit .197 in June, and has just one home run in his last 172 plate appearances. If the Pirates were more confident in Josh Bell's ability to handle first base defensively, Jaso would likely already be out of the top spot on the depth chart. In the meantime, he'll still likely get four or five starts per week with Bell and Friday's starter, David Freese, also getting mixed in.
Jaso went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Cubs. The promotion of Josh Bell, temporary though it might be, seems to have woken up Jaso's bat as he went 3-for-9 with two RBI over the Pirates' final series before the All-Star break. He'll need to keep hitting if he wants to keep Bell on the bench or in the minors, however.
Jaso will bat leadoff Thursday and play first base against the Cardinals. Root Sports Pittsburgh reports. The last month has not been kind to Jaso. He's hitting .200/.316/.292 in 76 plate appearances since June 9, though he's collected two hits in two of his last three starts. With prospect Josh Bell competing for a Triple Crown at Triple-A, it wouldn't be surprising to see Pittsburgh look to move Jaso at the deadline.
Jaso is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the A's. Jaso will head to the bench with the A's trotting out lefty Rich Hill, as is typical whenever the Pirates face a lefty starter. While Jaso is still hitting and getting on base at a useful clip against right-handers, his average has been rather empty from a fantasy standpoint, with the 32-year-old managing four homers and zero stolen bases in 237 at-bats. Prospect Josh Bell is batting .324/.409/.537 with 12 homers with Triple-A Indianapolis.