Colby Rasmus is on his way to the Bronx, as the busy Twitter fingers of all the beat writers down at Yankee Stadium have informed us that he’ll be activated from the DL in time for tomorrow’s game, with Anthony Gose heading the other way. Gregor Chisholm’s tweet was the first in my timeline.
Rasmus hasn’t quite got his timing back at Buffalo, by the sounds of it (though Bisons play-by-play man Ben Wagner tweets that two of his outs were long fly balls), but… so what? He was 0-for-4 tonight for the herd, but he didn’t strike out, and he manned centre field, which at least shows that the important thing — his wonky hamstring — is moving in the right direction. Alex Anthopoulos spoke about all this with media today in a quote that we find in Gregor’s excellent transcript of the scrum over at his North of the Border blog, explaining, “Sure, there’s a timing component of getting his at-bats but I remember last year, I don’t think he did all that well on his rehab assignment, he came back and hit three or four home runs in a short period. It’s as much making sure he gets those reps in the outfield but you’re not going to run him three or four days right out of the chute.”
As for Gose, he had a nice day on Sunday, and took a walk today — and probably should have done so in his ninth inning at-bat, though umpire Jordan Baker saw it differently (including on one that he’d been calling all night and we shouldn’t get quite as upset at (more on this in the next post) — but things have been pretty dismal since his hot start. The talk about jettisoning Rasmus in favour of Gose that was all the rage a couple short weeks ago has quieted to nothing, and for good fucking reason. Part of that is Juan Francisco — though he had a double and a walk today, which an optimist may see as reason to believe he’s pulling out of his current trough — but while Gose’s OBP is still a more-than-passable-given-his-defence .351, heading into this game his last 48 plate appearances had produced just a .171/.277/.220 line, which… well… uh… it isn’t passable.
Add to that the fact that you see some of the old trouble spots for him — being late on fastballs, and a 31.3% strikeout rate over the past two weeks, as opposed to the 19.2% rate he posted in his first 52 plate appearances (over which he hit .310/.420/.381) — and you see why the move was made.
If the real Gose is somewhere in the middle, that would be a very, very good thing. So this most recent stint in the majors, though now clearly not the one that will see him say goodbye to the minors forever, has hardly been all for naught. Yet it’s impossible to argue that this wasn’t the right call for the Jays to make right now. He should get back to hitting, get back to a place where he’s more comfortable, and continue to refine his offensive game however he can.
And the Jays should get Rasmus right back into this lineup, and hope that he shows more spark than he did in Buffalo, or when he was here and healthy in April. Thing is: after what we saw last year, there’s no reason to think he won’t, which is great, because hoo boy, that’ll fuckin’ help.