TORONTO - Colby Rasmus was removed from the Blue Jays' starting lineup about two hours before game-time due to general soreness.
He says it's not related to the strained oblique muscle, from which he returned on Friday after missing 29 games.
"I'm just a little sore," said Rasmus. "Trying to watch myself a little bit; I hadn't played in a month. Woke up today a little sore and I thought it'd be best not to push myself through it and be smart about it."
Rasmus is 3-6 with two home runs in two games since his return. His two-run homer in the seventh inning on Saturday turned out to be the game-winner.
Not considered serious, Rasmus says he woke up and his legs felt tired. He's erring on the side of caution.
"I'm not 22 anymore," said Rasmus. "Knowing that, I'm just trying to make sure that I keep myself healthy and I'm able to finish strong. Obviously, I want to play today but woke up a little sore this morning so I kind of pulled the reins back to make sure I'm able to do that."
Rasmus suggested going a month without playing and returning on the artificial turf contributed to the pain.
"No comment," Rasmus joked, when prompted to endorse a switch to natural grass in the Rogers Centre.