The all-world offense that the Toronto Blue Jays sport has been sputtering of late, and with a big series against the New York Yankees in play, the Jays needed an offensive spark to get things going. On Tuesday night, they took a chance on that spark and activated center fielder Colby Rasmus from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Anthony Gose to Triple-A Buffalo.
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi was the first to report the move via Twitter on Tuesday night.
#BlueJays to activate Colby Rasmus tomorrow, Anthony Gose optioned.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) June 18, 2014
The 27-year-old Rasmus will be in uniform for Friday’s game in New York and should draw the start in center field with right-hander Chase Whitley on the mound. That said, it looks a bit preemptive, as Rasmus struggled in his 5 games with Buffalo, collecting just 3 hits and 2 RBI in 20 plate appearances (19 at-bats). Rasmus also had a very Colby-like 9 strike-outs in those 20 appearances, indicating that his timing is perhaps still a bit off, something that Alex Anthopoulos alluded to a bit.
“Sure, there’s a timing component of getting his at-bats, but I remember last year, I don’t think he did all that well on his rehab assignment, he came back and hit three or four home runs in a short period.” – Alex Anthopoulos (h/t Gregor Chisholm, MLB.com)
The Blue Jays are hoping that Rasmus can pick up where he left off. Despite having just a .222/.266/.489 slash-line at the time when he hit the DL, Colby Ramus had been heating up when the hamstring bit him. In May contests, Rasmus had increased his triple-slash to .286/.318/.714, hitting 5 of his 9 home runs in that span and also collecting 12 of his 22 RBI in the process.
To make room for Colby Rasmus on the active roster, the Blue Jays optioned outfielder Anthony Gose to Triple-A. The 23-year-old Gose held his own during his recent recall and was hitting .241/.351/.652 for the season.
However, after a big May saw Gose slash .295/.380/.364 in more of a platoon role with Kevin Pillar, an increase in playing time in June didn’t do anything to improve his numbers. In 43 plate appearances this month, Gose slashed just .189/.286/.243 and had shown some lapses on the base-paths, getting picked off twice at first.
Gose will return to Triple-A Buffalo where he’ll get consistent at-bats with the Bisons and return to the Jays down the road when a roster spot opens back up. We’ll have more on Anthony Gose later today.