A's will open up third deck in playoffs as tickets go fast 

click to enlarge The A's will take the tarps off the third deck when the playoffs start, increasing capacity from 35,067 to 48,146. - THEARON W. HENDERSON/2012 GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • The A's will take the tarps off the third deck when the playoffs start, increasing capacity from 35,067 to 48,146.

OAKLAND — The green tarps on the third deck of the O.co Coliseum will be pulled off if the A's earn a spot in the playoffs, which seems very likely at this point.

The A's sold out the Coliseum's normal seating for three potential American League Division Series games in two hours on Tuesday, so the front office is opening up roughly 12,000 more seats in the third deck, increasing the stadium's capacity from 35,067 to 48,146.

The new chart does not include the fourth-deck seats atop Mt. Davis in center field.

Jaso plays catch: Catcher John Jaso participated in baseball activities for the first time since he was sidelined with concussion symptoms in late July on Tuesday.

"He's going to stretch and throw ... which he hasn't been able to do," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

Melvin said he's unsure whether Jaso will be able to swing the bat in a live game this year, but he considered Tuesday's development to be a positive first step.

"He's turned the corner here in the last four or five days to where he feels pretty good," Melvin said. "He's waking up feeling a lot better and now to have baseball activity on the field would be a resource for him to feel good about where he is."

Injury roundup: An MRI revealed that Yoenis Cespedes has tendonitis in his right shoulder, which Melvin considered a "good outcome."

"No tear, so he'll play as tolerated," Melvin said. "We'll probably DH him for a bit here and when he feels good as far as throwing the ball, get him back in the outfield."

Jed Lowrie (hamstring) was kept out of the starting lineup again on Tuesday, but he took batting practice and infield and Melvin said it's possible he could play today.

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