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Rays journal: Colby Rasmus likely done for season

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ST. PETERSBURG — The Ray placed OF Colby Rasmus on the restricted list Thursday and do not expect him to return this season.

The team issued a statement: "The Rays fully support Colby's decision to step away from baseball. We are thankful for his contributions to our team, and we wish him and his family the best as they move forward. Respecting the privacy of Colby and his family, the Rays will have no further comment."

Rasmus (left) signed a one-year, $5 million contract Jan. 30. Since players do not get paid when on the restricted list, the team will save a little more than $2.2 million.

His season has been slowed by complications stemming from offseason surgery to his hip and for a sports hernia. Tendinitis in the area sent Rasmus to the disabled list at the start of the season. He returned, only to go back on the 10-day DL on June 23 with left hip tendinitis.

It appears Rasmus, 30, was frustrated from the injuries and the rehab and wanted to spend time with his family.

At that time, Rasmus said he would be ready to return around June 29, when he was eligible to be activated. But manager Kevin Cash, when asked Thursday about Rasmus' progress, said he didn't have much to report other than Rasmus was still in the rehab part of the recovery.

In 129 at-bats over 37 games, Rasmus had nine home runs, 23 RBIs, a .281 average and an .896 on-base plus slugging percentage.

Number of the day

12 Players who took part in Thursday's optional workout at Tropicana Field.

Adames goes yard

Durham SS Willy Adames had two hits, including a solo home run, Wednesday in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Former Rays INF Richie Shaffer, now playing for Columbus (Indians), also homered.

Kiermaier getting closer

Cash said CF Kevin Kiermaier (right hip fracture) should be cleared for baseball activities when the Rays return July 21 from their current road trip. Kiermaier is scheduled to come off the disabled list Aug. 9, and Cash said he could be ready to rejoin the team around that date.

"We got to see how he responds to really getting after it," Cash said. "He's jumping around and moving pretty good."

In other medical matters, Cash said 2B Tim Beckham (sprained left ankle) should be ready to return Sunday, the first day he is eligible to come off the DL.

Like Kiermaier, SS Matt Duffy (Achilles surgery) is expected to be ready to resume baseball activities during the next homestand.

1B Rickie Weeks (right shoulder impingement) should begin a minor-league rehab assignment next week at Triple-A Durham.

LHP Xavier Cedeno (left forearm tightness) has increased his throwing program to 105 feet.

Souza says …

Confidence inside the clubhouse hasn't been this high since 2013, the year the Rays reached the playoffs. With the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline approaching, the Rays could be buyers as they look to fortify their roster.

When asked for his thoughts, RF Steven Souza (left) said, "I didn't go to school to be a GM, so I don't really know what we've got to do, but looking around, yeah, we have an amazing bridge with (Brad Boxberger), (Alex) Colome and Tommy (Hunter). Our starters are incredible. Our offense is better than it's been in a long time. With all that being said, could we take a key peace? Yeah, but I don't know what that is. If we don't make a move at the trade deadline and go on with these guys, I'd be just as confident."

 
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