Who Needs To Rehab? Not Colby Rasmus
Sep 17, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (28) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
When a player gets injured and gets put on the disabled list he usually plays in a handful of rehab games in the minor leagues before coming back to his big league team.
The thought process behind players playing rehab games is that they can straighten out their game so that they’re not too overmatched when they come back to the big leagues.
It seems to have worked fine with Jose Reyes, Brett Lawrie, Sergio Santos, etc, etc.
Morrow realizing he had to shut it down in the minor leagues where games don’t matter is better than him having to leave a big league game and putting a strain on the Blue Jays bullpen.
Well Colby Rasmus is making the whole idea of rehabbing look like a bunch of horse s*it!
Rasmus got injured in mid-August and was ready to play again in mid-September.
“Unfortunately” the minor league seasons were done so the Blue Jays were forced to have Rasmus just “rehab” in the big leagues.
I was skeptical of how he’d do since he didn’t get to rehab. How was his timing going to be? Was his mechanics going to be good to go? After a month off and no rehab maybe Rasmus was going to look like Arencibia at the plate.
Nope, in 3 games since coming off the DL Rasmus is 4 for 11 with 3 monster home runs.
You know home runs? The type of hit where your bat speed, timing, mechanics and whatever else is at its best.
And those home runs haven’t come off scrubs either.
He’s got them off of Jason Hammel, Chris Tillman and Andy Pettitte.
Don’t get me wrong I absolutely think players should rehab first before returning from an injury when rehab is available.
If rehab was available and Rasmus didn’t do it and had the exact same results I would still fantasize about choking Alex Anthopoulos for not making Rasmus rehab.
But damn Colby you’re making guys who rehab and then struggle when they get back to the big leagues look bad.