Colby Rasmus shut down for the rest of the season after last night’s unlucky injury

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Last night, Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus was hit in the left eye with a warm-up toss from teammate Anthony Gose before the start of the bottom of the first inning at Fenway Park. Rasmus was taken out of the game and eventually taken to the hospital. The Jays have decided to place him on the disabled list, effectively ending his 2013 season, reports MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm.

Fortunately for Rasmus, his vision wasn’t affected nor was there any structural damage to the bone around his eye.

Update (7:05 PM) via TSN’s Scott MacArthur:

Despite the unfortunate ending, Rasmus had a great 2013 season, slugging over .500 for the first time in his career and ranking among the top-five most valuable outfielders in the American League, according to FanGraphs. The 26-year-old will enter his third and final year of arbitration after taking home a $4.675 million salary this season.

If the Tigers are sub-.500 at the end of June it’ll be fire sale time

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Jon Morosi reports that that the Detroit Tigers will make all veterans available via trade if they’re still under .500 by the end of June.

This was the position they entered the offseason with — everyone is available! — but they ended up gearing up for one more push with the core of veterans they currently employ. It was not a bad move, I don’t think. With the exception of the Indians, the AL Central is mostly down, or at least appeared to be over the winter, with the Royals in decline and the Twins and White Sox seemingly a few years away from contention. The Twins, however, have been fantastic and the Tigers have mostly underachieved.

So we’re back to this. Which veterans the Tigers can reasonably unload, however, is an open question. J.D. Martinez is in his walk year, so while tradable, he may not bring back a big return. Guys like Justin Upton, Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera either have very large contracts or no-trade protection.

The end of June is still a while from now, of course, and while the Tigers are under .500, they’re only 4.5 games behind the Twins. But they had better turn it around or else it sounds like the front office is going to turn the page.

Must-Click Link: Remembering Eddie Grant the first major leaguer to die in combat

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As you get ready for Memorial Day weekend and whatever it entails for you and yours, take some time to read an excellent article from Mike Bates over at The Hardball Times.

The article is about Eddie Grant. You probably never heard of him. He was a journeyman infielder — often a backup — from 1905 through 1915. If you have heard of him, it was likely not for his baseball exploits, however: it was because he was the first active baseball player to die in combat, killed in the Battle of the Argonne Forest in October 1915.

Michael tells us about more than Grant’s death, however. He provides a great overview of his life and career. And notes that Grant didn’t even have to go to war if he didn’t want to. He was 34, had the chance to coach or manage and had a law degree and the potential to make a lot of money following his baseball career. He volunteered, however, for both patriotic and personal reasons. And it cost him his life.

Must-read stuff indeed. Especially this weekend.