With the Blue Jays taking the field to begin the bottom half of the second inning, center fielder Colby Rasmus ran out to take his position. Right fielder Anthony Gose routinely threw a baseball to Rasmus to begin warm-up tosses, but there was only one problem.
Colby Rasmus was not looking for the ball.
The ball caromed off of the unsuspecting Rasmus’ face, crumbling Colby about 10 paces behind the second base bag. Rasmus would be removed from the game and taken to a Boston area hospital for CT Scan, with a visibly distraught Gose sliding over to center field to replace him.
With the hospital wanting to keep Rasmus in the area for a few days so that he can be re-examined when the swelling recedes, Toronto was left with little option. On Saturday, the Blue Jays decided to place Rasmus on the 15-day disabled list, ending his season with only eight games remaining. Manager John Gibbons told the media of the decision, including MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, prior to tonight’s win over the Red Sox.
“He is going on the DL but preliminary X-rays, everything looks good, but they still want — in a few days when the swelling goes down — to get another look, but as of now it looks pretty good, reported Gibbons.
The injury ends what had been a career year for Rasmus. In 118 games, the 27-year-old hit .276 with a .840 OPS, 22 home runs, and 66 RBI. Rasmus’ season had previously appeared over in August, when an oblique strain sidelined him through much of September. However, he made a return in September 13th and proceeded to hit a home run in each of his first four games off of the DL.