Colby Rasmus decides to “step away” from baseball

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Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus has decided to “step away” from baseball and is not expected to return this season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays placed him on the restricted list.

Rasmus, 30, has had a tough year. Last offseason, he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle. The hip continued to bother him throughout spring training and he began the season on the disabled list. He made his debut on May 2 and hit .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. Rasmus wasn’t ready to return when the minimum 10 days were up and now that the second half of the season is about to begin, it sounds like he still isn’t ready — perhaps mentally as well as physically.

The Rays issued a statement: