The Toronto Blue Jays had hoped to avoid sending center fielder Colby Rasmus to the 15-day disabled list, but unfortunately you don’t always get what you wish for. On Thursday, the team decided that it was much more important to have a healthy outfielder on the roster than continue to hope, sending Rasmus to the DL and recalled Anthony Gose from Buffalo, according to Shi Davidi.
#BlueJays cofirm OF Colby Rasmus to 15-day DL, Anthony Gose up from Buffalo.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 15, 2014
Rasmus left Monday’s game in the 7th inning with a tight hamstring, the same hamstring that was bothering him a week earlier. Since then, the Blue Jays have used a combination of Kevin Pillar in center field, who himself was recalled on Tuesday.
A free agent to be, Colby Rasmus was off to a slow start to the season, slashing just .222/.266/.489, but had 9 home runs and 19 RBI in the process. His bat had come around in recent games, with Rasmus hitting .286 with a 1.032 OPS in May, including 5 home runs and 12 RBI, but strike-outs remain the biggest hurdle with Rasmus’ 47 ranking 6th in all of baseball.
For Gose, this will be his third tour of duty with the Blue Jays in 2014, having previously been recalled on April 17th and May 1st. In 3 games with Toronto this season, Gose has 2 hits and 3 walks in 9 plate appearances. He was hitting .236/.317/.336 in Buffalo before his latest recall.