PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – A newly active Colby Rasmus made his Tampa Bay debut against the Phillies yesterday.
During the offseason, Rasmus had hip and core muscles surgeries that have kept him out of action until yesterday when the Rays took on the Phillies. The Rays leftfielder swung in the number three spot as the designated hitter. Batting in the number three spot, Rasmus struck out at all three of his at-bats.
Despite being unable to put the ball in play, Rasmus was mainly happy to be on the field with his new teammates.
“So that’s going to be a fight in the beginning to get the feeling of getting inside the ball and pulling those balls back fair,” said Rasmus. “but I felt pretty good just getting out there with the boys and just a good feeling to be on the field today.” (Courtesy of The Tampa Bay Rays Website)
The Rays’ skipper, Kevin Cash, realized Rasmus struggled today, but said the lefty will be DH today as long as he feels well enough.
It is possible Rasmus could be sent to the minors to speed his recovery, but he said he’s not worried about that. Rasmus said he is willing to do whatever gets him back out on the field for the Tampa Bay Rays.
“Yeah, we just have to see how it goes,” Rasmus said. “I’m going to try to be honest with myself and make sure I make the right decision. But if it comes down to it, I’ll go over to the Minor Leagues and get some at-bats.”