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Colby Rasmus Injured(O / TB)

Colby Rasmus (O, TB)

Colby Rasmus has been hindered by a sore hip over the past few days, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

The injury provides an explanation behind Rasmus' absence from the lineup over the past three days and could be the cause of his minor slump over the past week. Fortunately, manager Kevin Cash said the lefty is available to play and the Rays are simply exercising caution in holding him out of regular action. With an off day scheduled for Thursday, it's probable to expect Rasmus back in the lineup this weekend against Baltimore. Peter Bourjos could see extended playing time in his absence.

Recent Stats

Week Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Total
Season               119
11 2 4 3 0 9
10 2 6 2 1 7 5 23
9 2 7 0 0 9
8 6 7 6 2 5 0 26
7 1 0 2 0 0 1 4

Older News

Colby Rasmus is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Reds, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

Impact

Rasmus has occupied the larger side of a platoon since coming off the disabled list in early May, but it appears starts against right-handed pitching may no longer be guaranteed following the acquisition of Trevor Plouffe. Manager Kevin Cash has shown more of a willingness to use the defensively challenged Corey Dickerson in left field of late while Plouffe occupies the designated hitter spot, resulting in Rasmus getting squeezed out of the lineup against a right-handed pitcher for the second consecutive contest.

Colby Rasmus is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Reds, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

This is the second game in a row that Rasmus will watch from the bench, but Tuesday's absence comes as little surprise given that lefty Amir Garrett is taking the hill for Cincinnati. Corey Dickerson will move into the outfield to fill the void.

Colby Rasmus is out of the lineup Monday against the Reds, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

Rasmus regularly enters the lineup against right-handed pitching, but he'll take a seat Monday as the Rays make room at designated hitter for the newly acquired Trevor Plouffe. Unless Plouffe gets off to a hot start with his new club, it's not expected that he'll displace Rasmus from the lineup on a regular basis, especially with the latter maintaining an .897 OPS on the season.

Colby Rasmus is not in the lineup Friday against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

As has been the case for much of the season, Rasmus will hit the bench with left-hander Daniel Norris toeing the rubber for Detroit. Peter Bourjos will log a start in left field in his stead.

Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Athletics.

Impact

The veteran slugger 430-foot blast to center in the sixth knotted the game at 4-4 and served as his second round tripper in the last four games. Rasmus also extended his hitting streak to four games, and he's reached safely in seven of his last nine contests overall. The 30-year-old has been productive despite a part-time role, slashing .260/.306/.577 with nine homers and 22 RBI over 111 plate appearances, with both his slugging percentage and .883 OPS serving as career highs.

Colby Rasmus is not in the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

During Game 1, Rasmus went 1-for-4 at the plate with two strikeouts. With him getting a breather in Game 2, Steven Souza will earn the start in right while Peter Bourjos mans left field.

Colby Rasmus hit a solo home run in his only at-bat during Thursday's 7-5 win over the White Sox.

Impact

The veteran outfielder came in following Kevin Kiermaier's hip injury and gave the Rays some important breathing room with a 422-foot shot to right in the eighth that extended the lead to 7-5 at the time. Rasmus has proven to be a rock-solid left-handed bat for manager Kevin Cash thus far, tallying eight homers and 20 RBI over 99 plate appearances while also posting a career-high 44.6 percent hard contact rate.

Colby Rasmus is out of the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox, MLB.com reports.

Impact

Rasmus will sit for the second time in as many days with the Rays set to face another left-handed starting pitcher (Jose Quintana). Rickie Weeks will enter the lineup at designated hitter to take Rasmus' spot in the lineup while Corey Dickerson covers left field in Rasmus' stead.

Colby Rasmus is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.

Impact

As has been custom throughout the season, Rasmus will retreat to the bench with a left-hander (Ariel Miranda) on the hill for the opposition. Corey Dickerson will move over from his usual post at designated hitter to cover Rasmus' regular spot in left field.

Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 12-4 loss to the Mariners.

Impact

He continues to swing a hot bat, slashing .345/.345/.759 with three homers and 10 RBI over his last nine games. Rasmus has been used almost exclusively in a platoon role – only six of his 83 at-bats so far have come against left-handed pitching – but his current performance makes him a strong DFS option when he is in the lineup against a righty.

Colby Rasmus is out of the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

The Rays have been consistent with holding Rasmus out against left-handed pitching this season, so it doesn't come as a surprise that he'll be on the bench with southpaw Martin Perez starting for the Rangers. Rickie Weeks will effectively assume Rasmus' spot in the lineup Monday.

Colby Rasmus went 1-for-2 with a solo homer Saturday against the Twins.

Impact

Rasmus crushed his sixth homer of 2017 off Twins closer Brandon Kintzler in the ninth inning of a Rays loss. He's having an exception month of May, as he's slugging .582, but since he tends to often sit against left-handed pitchers, he's most valuable in fantasy leagues with daily lineups.

Colby Rasmus is out of the lineup Saturday against the Twins, FOX Sports Sun's Alex Corddry reports.

Impact

He will take his typical seat on the bench with lefty Adalberto Mejia on the hill for the Twins. Peter Bourjos will start in left field and hit ninth.

Colby Rasmus is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins.

Impact

Rickie Weeks will draw in as the designated hitter Friday against the left-handed Hector Santiago. Rasmus was the star of Thursday's win over the Angels, driving in all four of Tampa Bay's runs. He may sit again Saturday with southpaw Adalberto Mejia taking the hill for the Twins.

Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI during Thursday's win over the Angels.

Impact

Rasmus is proving to be a nice addition to the Tampa Bay lineup since returning from a groin injury May 2, as he's now drove in 14 runs through 18 games. His fantasy ceiling is capped because of his struggles against southpaws, and the 30-year-old outfielder is notoriously streaky, but he can pile up counting stats in a hurry while locked in at the dish.

Colby Rasmus went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Angels.

Impact

Rasmus' 388-foot shot to right in the seventh gave the Rays some breathing room by extending their lead to 4-2 at the time. It was the veteran outfielder's first long ball since May 16 after he'd launched four in his first 10 games of the season. Rasmus has had no trouble making hard contact when he's put wood on the ball, but strikeouts have particularly been a problem. After whiffing multiple times for the third straight game Wednesday, the 30-year-old's strikeout rate is a mammoth 41.8 percent.

Colby Rasmus is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees.

Impact

With left-handed hurler CC Sabathia toeing the rubber for the Yankees, Rasmus will be relegated to the bench in favor of Peter Bourjos. Strikeouts continue to limit Rasmus' overall production at the plate this season, as his 36.4 percent strikeout rate is a career high. He is, however, walking at a solid 10.9 percent rate.

Colby Rasmus is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

The Red Sox are bringing a second left-handed pitcher (Drew Pomeranz) to the hill in as many days, so Rasmus will again be confined to the bench. With Rasmus sitting, Corey Dickerson will cover left field and bat second in the order.

Colby Rasmus is out of the lineup Saturday against lefty Chris Sale, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

Rasmus will almost always take a seat against left-handed starters, and this game is no different. Peter Bourjos will start in left field and hit ninth.