Colby Rasmus took the Rogers Centre crowd and the rest of the Toronto Blue Jays by storm upon his return to action this weekend against the wild card chasing Baltimore Orioles. In his first two games back, the left-handed hitter showed no signs of rust, going 3-7 with two runs scored, two home runs, and three RBIs.
Just when things were looking up for the Rasmus groupies upon the return of their beloved Blue Jay, the center fielder sat out Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles due to ‘body soreness’.
Rasmus was very quick to deny that this had anything to do with the oblique strain he suffered weeks ago that caused him to miss over a month’s worth of games through August and the first part of September. Rather, it was because of the impact that the Rogers Centre turf had on his body after not playing for so long.
This sounds like the same old story that is often told by the Blue Jays, as they regularly choose to be quiet and very vague route when they are first asked about injuries and transactions. Just ask Jose Bautista. It’s happened to him two seasons in a row now as he has failed to complete the month of September in 2012 and 2013.
Although the Blue Jays are notorious for covering up injury woes and transaction rumors, this frustrating form of communication, or lack thereof, often results into someone leaving town, joining the team, or in this case being shut down for the duration of the season.
It looks like this is exactly where Rasmus may be heading over the next couple of days. This is what the Blue Jays have done with a number of their players over the past few years, especially those who they covet the most, and Rasmus falls into that category.