After three weeks off due to a right wrist injury, Colby Rasmus was activated from the disabled list by the Blue Jays prior to Friday’s game.
Rasmus is hitting just .216/.239/.398 with three homers and 12 RBI in 23 games since arriving from the Cardinals prior to the deadline. He appeared to find his stroke in the middle of last month, going 7-for-20 with two homers, three doubles and seven RBI in a five-game span, but he went hitless in his final four games before landing on the DL.
With Rasmus back, the Jays will have to pick between Eric Thames and Adam Loewen for one outfield spot most days. Loewen has gone 5-for-14 with a homer and three RBI in four starts since his callup earlier this month, so the Jays will likely want to take a longer look at hom, particularly since he’ll be out of options next spring. Thames has been solid, hitting .265/.314/.457 with 10 homers, but he’s already had 313 at-bats to show what he can do.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.