BOSTON - Colby Rasmus won't play again this season, placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a left eye contusion.
“It could have been ugly,” said manager John Gibbons.
It certainly could have. Rasmus was injured taking his position in the first inning of Friday night's game. As he jogged toward centre field, Anthony Gose threw a warm up toss from his spot in right field. Problem was, Rasmus wasn't looking and the throw was spot on, hitting Rasmus in the face. He left the game immediately.
“Preliminary x-rays, everything looks good,” said Gibbons. “They still want a few days, when the swelling and everything subsides, to get a few more looks.”
The timing is cruel to Rasmus. He had just returned from a month on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. Rasmus hit a home run in each of the four games he played. He was due to lead off the second inning of Friday's game.
Instead, Rasmus' season ends with a slash line of .276/.338/.501. His .840 OPS is easily his best since his breakout 2010 season with the Cardinals (.859.) Rasmus hit 22 home runs in 118 games. His career best of 23, set in 2010 and 2012, was achieved in 144 and 151 games, respectively.
The Blue Jays are down to four outfielders and will, at some point soon, go as many as three days without Rajai Davis. Davis' wife is past due with the couple's first child and so a trip to the paternity list is imminent.
That would leave Anthony Gose, Moises Sierra and Kevin Pillar to man the three outfield spots.
There also are other options.
“We'll make do,” said Gibbons. “We're at the end here, we don't have a whole lot of time left anyway but DeRosa's played some outfield, Kawasaki could go out there. We've got some guys who could do it.”