Colby Rasmus has been sidelined for about a month with a right hamstring strain, but he’s getting closer to rejoining the first-place Blue Jays.
John Lott of the National Post reports that Rasmus will begin a minor league rehab assignment tonight with Triple-A Buffalo. He’ll get eased back into things as the designated hitter before playing five innings in center field tomorrow. He’ll then DH again on Saturday before being reevaluated, so it’s possible he could be activated on Sunday or after Monday’s scheduled off-day.
It was mostly feast-or-famine at the plate for Rasmus prior to the injury, as he was hitting .222 with a .266 on-base percentage to go along with nine home runs and .489 slugging percentage over 37 games.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: