DTDColby Rasmus OF TB 5 days ago
Rasmus (groin), who is back in the lineup for Sunday's exhibition matchup, is set to serve as the designated hitter both Sunday and Monday, Rays broadcaster Steve Carney reports.
After logging some at-bats on two consecutive days, Rasmus is then slated to get a few days of rest. The team is still optimistic that Rasmus will be ready for Opening Day, but with several quality DH options already on the roster, he'll likely need to start playing the field soon if he wants his playing time to be consistent.
DTDColby Rasmus OF TB 7 days ago
Rasmus (hip/groin) may start playing designated hitter sometime during the week of March 20, according to Rays manager Kevin Cash, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
It would help his value for fantasy players who have to dive deep for outfield help. However, his well-known issues with plate discipline and Tampa Bay's crowded outfield and designated hitter picture likely will limit how much Rasmus will contribute.
DTDColby Rasmus OF TB 1 week ago
Rasmus (hip, groin) indicated that he's performing well in batting practices, but is "not close" to playing in Grapefruit League games, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Rasmus has been eased along slowly in spring training following offseason surgeries to address his core muscles and a left hip injury, and it's unclear if he'll be able to make it back on the field before Opening Day arrives. Even if Rasmus is forced to open the season on the DL, it doesn't sound as though he'd be sidelined for long. The 30-year-old will likely see at-bats against right-handed pitching as either a corner outfielder or DH once he's healthy again.
DTDColby Rasmus OF TB 2 weeks ago
Rasmus (groin) was able to take batting practice Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Rasmus has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut, but the Rays never planned to have him see game action until the second half of spring training after he required surgeries in October to address hip and core muscle injuries. If Rasmus is able to regain health by the time the season arrives, he'll likely be deployed in some sort of platoon in the corner outfield.
DTDColby Rasmus OF TB 1 month ago
Rasmus (groin) could be held out of early spring training games according to manager Kevin Cash, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
After a pair of October surgeries that addressed core muscle and hip issues, Rasmus will be handled with care early spring training. The veteran slugger slashed just .206/.286/.355 with the Astros in 2016, but did smack 10 doubles and 15 homers, while also driving in 54 runs. He's projected to slot in as both a left fielder and designated hitter in the coming season for the Rays.
DTDColby Rasmus OF TB 1 month ago
Rays Vice President of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom stated that Rasmus (groin) "will be ready for Opening Day or soon after," Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The veteran outfielder underwent a pair of surgeries in October to address a core muscle injury and a hip issue, but the Rays seem to be optimistic that he can return to form in time for much of the 2017 campaign. Once he's fully recovered, Rasmus seems to be in line to play the strong side of a platoon in right field wihile also spending a good portion of time as Tampa Bay's designated hitter, although expectations for him should be tempered until he can prove he's back to his previous form at the plate.
DTDColby Rasmus OF TB 2 months ago
Rasmus (groin) agreed to a deal with the Rays on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Rasmus is coming off of unproductive, injury-riddled season with the Astros in which he hit just .206/.286/.355. The Rays are betting on the veteran outfielder to bounce back to his 2014 and 2015 performances in which he posted an OPS of .735 and .789, respectively. Rasmus - who struggles to hit left-handed pitching - will likely slot in on the strong side of a left field platoon with Nick Franklin. He underwent groin surgery this offseason but should be good to go for spring training.
DTDColby Rasmus OF TB 4 months ago
Rasmus was not tendered a qualifying offer by Monday's deadline, making him a free agent, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
After a hot start, Rasmus stumbled through an injury-plagued season to post some of the worst numbers of his career, leaving the Astros no choice but to non-tender him. The 30-year-old does tout the ability to play all three outfield positions as well as some nice left-handed pop, so he could get a decent contract with a team willing to take a risk on his health status heading into the 2017 campaign.
DTDColby Rasmus OF TB 5 months ago
Rasmus (groin) had a pair of surgeries on October 18 to address a hip issue and a core muscle injury, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Rasmus was plagued by multiple injuries in 2016, but it seems like he's spending the early portion of his offseason doing maintenance on various parts of his body. The hip operation was to shave off a bone spur and repair the labrum in his left hip, while the other was to repair a core muscle. Although it sounds like a lot, the free-agent outfielder is expected to be running at 100 percent by January and back to full strength prior to spring training. This could affect his ability to sign with teams over the winter, but it seems like there shouldn't be a problem for fantasy purposes.
DTDColby Rasmus OF TB 6 months ago
Rasmus is expected to miss the rest of the season as he has left the team to get a second opinion on a groin injury,
Rasmus has been unavailable since Sept. 19 and said he wasn't "feeling like himself" on the field. He also didn't look like himself, as he hit just 7-for-42 (.167) since returning Aug. 30 from an ear injury. It is currently looking unlikely that Rasmus will return to the Astros next season.