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Colby Rasmus | Outfielder | #28

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (28) / STL
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Colby Rasmus (hip) said Saturday that he expects to open the season on the disabled list.
The veteran outfielder, who has been serving as the designated hitter in Grapefruit League play, said he isn't yet comfortable playing in the outfield and that manager Kevin Cash said that's a prerequisite for making the active roster. Even if he starts the season on the DL, it should only be for a week or two. Mar 25 - 9:26 AM

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Colby Rasmus went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and an RBI single in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

Rasmus is working his way into the groove late, having just made his spring debut on Sunday. The slow start is due to the fact that he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle in October. On Wednesday, the veteran outfielder came through with an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run home run in the fifth. While Rasmus has popped double-digit home runs in each of the past five seasons, health has been a major issue for him throughout his career. He has played in more than 120 games just once over the last four years.
Mar 22 - 8:51 PM

Colby Rasmus, who is coming back from surgery on his abdomen and hip, struck out all three times up Sunday as the Rays' DH in his spring debut.

So, he's a little rusty. Rasmus should get plenty of at-bats from here on in, and as long as he avoids any setbacks, he'll likely begin the season on the active roster.
Mar 19 - 4:03 PM

Colby Rasmus (hip, core muscle) will make his Grapefruit League debut in the designated hitter spot on Sunday.

He'll be used in the DH slot again Monday before receiving a couple days off. We're just two weeks away from Opening Day, but Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that Rasmus playing Sunday and Monday is a "great" sign that he'll be ready to go on Opening Day. Even if he is ready, you'd have to figure the Rays would be careful with his playing time initially. Rasmus had surgery last October to repair his left hip labrum and core muscle.
Mar 19 - 9:54 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Friday that Colby Rasmus (hip, core muscle) could begin to play in Grapefruit League games as the DH next week.

Rasmus has been brought along very slowly this spring after undergoing surgery in October to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle. The 30-year-old still has time to get enough at-bats to be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 17 - 9:57 AM

Colby Rasmus (hip, core muscle) said Tuesday that he's "not close" to playing in Grapefruit League games.

Rasmus has been taking things slow this spring after undergoing surgery in October to repair his core muscle and to repair his left hip labrum. Batting practice sessions are going well, so it doesn't sound like he's too far off, but Rasmus said he's "listening" to his body for the time being. The 30-year-old signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Rays over the winter.
Mar 14 - 9:01 AM

Rays signed OF Colby Rasmus to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal was agreed to three weeks ago but has just now been finalized. There is another $2 million available to Rasmus via performance-based incentives. He battled a number of injuries in 2016 and hit just .206/.286/.355 in 417 plate appearances with Houston, but this could wind up being a pretty good buy-low for Tampa Bay. Rasmus, 30, put up a .789 OPS and 25 home runs in 485 plate appearances with the Astros in 2015.
Jan 30 - 3:50 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays have agreed to terms on a contract with Colby Rasmus.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that it's a one-year, $5 million deal that can get up to $7 million with incentives. Rasmus is coming off a disappointing, injury-shortened 2016 campaign when he batted only .206/.286/.355, but he was good enough in 2015 (.238/.314/.475, 25 homers) to receive a qualifying offer from the Astros. He had surgery in October to repair his core muscle and to shave down a bone spur and repair his left hip labrum, but Rasmus should be fine for spring training.
Jan 9 - 6:51 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays are "emerging as a possibility" for Colby Rasmus.

The Rays are looking for someone who can fill in in left field and in the designated hitter spot. They're also seeking a hitter who is cheap, and Rasmus will probably qualify after he batted .206/.286/.355 last season in an injury-plagued year with the Astros. He might have to settle for a one-year contract this winter.
Jan 9 - 6:30 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Colby Rasmus' representative has contacted the Orioles, but the club feels the outfielder is "too pricey at his current status."

The Orioles tried to sign Rasmus two winters ago before he picked the Astros, but they don't appear as anxious to go after him this time around. Of course, that could change if his asking price drops. Rasmus hit a disappointing .206/.286/.355 this past season while battling various injuries.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 06:06:00 PM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that Colby Rasmus underwent surgery on October 18 to repair his core muscle and to shave down a bone spur and repair his left hip labrum.

Rasmus had to be shut down with a few days left in the season due to what the Astros called a hip/groin issue and apparently the ailment didn't improve after a few weeks of rest. The good news is that Davidi says Rasmus will be running at full strength by January and ready to go for spring training. Still, it's obviously not the way Rasmus wanted to go into free agency, especially as he's coming off a disappointing season that saw him bat just .206/.286/.355 with 15 homers over 107 games. Rasmus turned 30 in August.
Source: Sportsnet
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Colby Rasmus (hip, groin) is not expected to play again this season.

Rasmus has been sent to Philadelphia to see a specialist for his hip/groin issue. It's worth noting that he's not even listed on the lineup card for Monday's game. Rasmus returned to the Astros on a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer this season, but he'll finish the year with an ugly .206/.286/.355 batting line over 107 games.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 05:28:00 PM

Colby Rasmus is dealing with a hip/groin issue.

He also has vertigo-like symptoms related to a cyst in his right ear that was surgically removed last month. Rasmus has been sidelined since September 18 and might not play in another game this season for Houston. He's currently exploring treatment options.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 03:42:00 PM

Colby Rasmus (ear, vertigo) remains unavailable.

Rasmus had a cyst removed from his ear last month, which has led to dizziness and other vertigo-like symptoms. He's had a miserable second half, hitting .095 with 30 strikeouts in 95 at-bats. Jake Marisnick, Tony Kemp and Marwin Gonzalez have all seen time in left field during his absence.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 06:57:00 PM

Colby Rasmus (ear) remained out of the Astros' lineup Friday.

Rasmus has been experiencing vertigo-like symptoms again and has been unavailable for a few days. Tony Kemp is in left field Friday.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 04:31:00 PM

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1B1Logan Morrison
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2B1Brad Miller
2Ryan Brett
SS1Matt Duffy
2Tim Beckham
3Daniel Robertson
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Colby Rasmus
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CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mallex Smith
3Peter Bourjos
RF1Steven Souza
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DH1Corey Dickerson
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S1Chris Archer
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4Blake Snell
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6Chase Whitley
7Austin Pruitt
8Jaime Schultz
9Nathan Eovaldi
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4Danny Farquhar
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8Kevin Gadea
9Tommy Hunter
10Jumbo Diaz
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