Can Toronto Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus Avoid DL With Abdominal Injury?

By Thom Tsang
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Do you like Emilio Bonifacio? Do you enjoy the utility man’s stylings in the outfield, and have always thought, “you know, I’d sure like to see him over Colby Rasmus out in center more often”?

Well, for the one zero of you Toronto Blue Jays fans who likely answered yes to those questions, you’re in luck:

Rasmus, who’d fallen back into a slump with a .231/.286/.359 triple-slash through 39 at-bats in August, missed Tuesday’s series finale against the Oakland Athletics. If you were looking for the reason why he might have followed a fantastic 1.001 OPS month of July (a streak that went into August) with just four hits in his last 27 at-bats, I think you’ve got your answer right here.

As for the team’s cautiously optimistic day-to-day approach in the initial words from the manager? Well, perhaps it’s not necessarily so optimistic after all:

It’s just as well, I suppose.

Up to this point, the center fielder has been well on his way to his career-best season, posting a .812 OPS through 439 PA, and is on pace to set career highs in fWAR and home runs, among other counting numbers which are not steals (he has none this season, and it doesn’t look all too lightly that he’ll start turning up the jets on the basepaths either).

It’s been quite a turnaround for the 27-year-old, who’d entered the season looking like he was going to swing his way into oblivion (he posted a remarkable .737 OPS despite striking out an incredible 41.8 percent), and has since become arguably the team’s most valuable player in 2013 (aside from Jose Bautista), something that could go a long way to determining the future of prospect Anthony Gose with the team.

Should Rasmus’s abdominal injury turns out to be worse than expected and he does require time on the DL, it could very well set up an interesting extended September audition for Gose — who is red-hot lately in the minors — and give him a chance to build up some potential trade value, should the Blue Jays decide to make a bid to lock down Rasmus in the long term in the offseason.

Either way, Rasmus is going to get paid, and is going to get paid soon … but he’s going to want to stay off the DL to make sure he maximizes that value when that time comes, that’s all.

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