Colby Rasmus
OF HOU
3 days 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.

Colby Rasmus
OF HOU
3 days 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.

Colby Rasmus
OF HOU
5 days 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.

Colby Rasmus
OF HOU
2 weeks 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.

Colby Rasmus
OF HOU
2 weeks ago

Rasmus is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

As has become a frequent trend since his cool down after April, Rasmus is a strong-side platoon player in left field with Jake Marisnick, who starts Sunday with lefty Mike Montgomery on the hill for the Mariners. On the season, Rasmus is hitting just 11-for-60 (.183) against southpaws.

Colby Rasmus
OF HOU
2 weeks ago

Rasmus (illness) is back in the lineup Saturday, starting in left field and hitting sixth, the Houston Chronicle's Angel Verdejo reports.

EDGE Analysis

An illness cost Rasmus the last five games, but he is set to make his return Friday. Rasmus is as streaky as they come, hitting above .260 in April and June, while hitting below the Mendoza Line in May and July.

Colby Rasmus
OF HOU
2 weeks ago

Rasmus (illness) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Mariners, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Friday's absence is likely due to the matchup against lefty James Paxton rather than the ear infection that cost Rasmus the final three games before the break, but consider him day-to-day until he actually returns to the field. Jake Marisnick will man left field and bat eighth.

Colby Rasmus
OF HOU
3 weeks ago

Rasmus (illness) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Oakland.

EDGE Analysis

Rasmus will sit out of the lineup for a fourth straight game as the Astros enter the All-Star break. His ear infection has allowed Jake Marisnick to get a string of starts in left field.

Colby Rasmus
OF HOU
3 weeks ago

Rasmus (illness) is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the A's.

EDGE Analysis

This will mark the third straight game that Rasmus is out of the lineup. The outfielder is dealing with an ear infection, and could possibly sit out Sunday's game before the All-Star break as well. In his place, Marwin Gonzalez will get the start in left.

Colby Rasmus
OF HOU
3 weeks ago

Rasmus (illness) is not in Friday's lineup due to an ear infection, The Houston Chronicle's Angel Verdejo Jr. reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to manager A.J. Hinch, Rasmus has been dealing with an ear infection, which is the reason he has been out the past two games. He will likely be back in the lineup Saturday, but Jake Marisnick is manning his spot in left field once again Friday.