15DColby Rasmus
OF HOU
4 days ago

Rasmus (ear) has started throwing and hitting in the cage, ROOT Sports' Julia Morales reports.

EDGE Analysis

He remains on track to return to the Astros at some point in September after having a cyst removed from his ear in early August. However, it is unclear what kind of role will be waiting for him when he returns. Presumably he will get starts in left field and center field, but his pre-surgery struggles have opened the door for Teoscar Hernandez, Jake Marisnick and Tony Kemp, among others, to compete for those at-bats.

15DColby Rasmus
OF HOU
2 weeks ago

Rasmus (ear) had ear surgery Wednesday to remove a cyst, and will be out until early September, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Astros hope to have Rasmus back by early September, but he could be out longer depending on how he is feeling. Rasmus was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday after being diagnosed with a cholesteatoma and battling ear infections for an extended portion of the season. With the 30-year-old out for the next month, the Astros will turn to Tony Kemp and Teoscar Hernandez to man some of the outfield duties.

15DColby Rasmus
OF HOU
3 weeks ago

Updating a previous report, Rasmus landed on the 15-day DL on Sunday due to a cyst in his right ear, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

The outfielder said that he was diagnosed last week with a cholesteatoma and mentioned that he's battled ear infections for an extended portion of the season, so the Astros will give him some time off to recover. While the ear issue probably can't directly be blamed for Rasmus' struggles at the plate, his horrid 3-for-66 mark since July 2 provided plenty of reason for the Astros to stash him on the DL in the short term. With Rasmus out of the picture, Jake Marisnick and Preston Tucker will likely serve as the team's primary left fielders.

15DColby Rasmus
OF HOU
3 weeks ago

Rasmus was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday with an undisclosed injury.

EDGE Analysis

Rasmus has been in the midst of a horrid 2-for-53 slump since the All-Star break, and after resting in both of the last two games, the Astros have decided to give him some more extended time off by placing him on the DL. Even if Rasmus is nursing a legitimate injury, it's unlikely to be something that sidelines him beyond the 15-day minimum, as the Astros likely just want him to regain some confidence by taking part in a minor-league rehab assignment. Tony Kemp was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to provide some depth in the outfield while Rasmus hits the DL.

15DColby Rasmus
OF HOU
3 weeks ago

Rasmus is not in the lineup Saturday for the second day in a row.

EDGE Analysis

Rasmus is a woeful 2-for-53 (.038) with a 2:17 BB:K in 14 games since the All-Star break, so manager A.J. Hinch has decided to give him a couple days off in a row in order to clear his head. Preston Tucker will man left field Saturday for the Astros.

15DColby Rasmus
OF HOU
3 weeks ago

Rasmus is not in the lineup for Friday's contest against the Rangers, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rasmus will get the day off after starting the past eight games. In his place, Jake Marisnick will get the nod in left field while batting ninth.

15DColby Rasmus
OF HOU
1 month ago

Rasmus recently underwent tests on his right ear that revealed a cyst in the inner portion, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. The issue will eventually require surgery.

EDGE Analysis

Rasmus is reportedly dealing with a growth of skin cells behind his ear drum that damages it, which could explain his recent struggles at the plate. There's no indication he plans on having the procedure in the near future, and there's nothing to suggest going under the knife would cost him extended time, but it's something worth monitoring.

15DColby Rasmus
OF HOU
1 month ago

Rasmus picked up his first hit in more than three weeks Wednesday, going 1-for-4 with a two-run homer (and two more strikeouts) in a win over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The 29-year-old outfielder had gone seven straight games and 28 straight at-bats without a hit, dating back to his fourth-inning homer way back on July 5 against Seattle. You have to go all the way back to the very first day of July to find the last time Rasmus got a hit that didn't leave the ballpark; that marked the end of his June hot streak. Indeed, Rasmus has been on the every-other-month plan, having posted big efforts in April and June, but total disasters in May and July. All the while, he's been racking up strikeouts like they're going out of style. But this is who he is -- a whiff-prone platoon outfielder with some power.

15DColby Rasmus
OF HOU
1 month ago

Rasmus, who went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored during Sunday's 13-3 rout over the Angels, is hitless over his last 27 at-bats with 14 strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

Rasmus is 2-for-39 (.051) with 17 strikeouts and just two walks during the month of July. Astros rookie Alex Bregman was promoted Monday and figures to see time in left field while Rasmus attempts to work his way out of this slump.

15DColby Rasmus
OF HOU
1 month ago

Rasmus is back in the lineup Monday against Oakland, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rasmus is hitting just .183 against left-handers and remains locked in a platoon with Jake Marisnick, but with Oakland righty Kendall Graveman on the mound, Rasmus is back in there hitting sixth behind Luis Valbuena. Expect this to be a trend for the rest of the season as the Astros try to optimize their lineups for the stretch run.