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Rasmus shines in first game since April

Photo credit: Joy R. Absalon

WASHINGTON D.C. — Colby Rasmus hadn’t played a big league game since April 6 – when he went hitless in three at-bats and then was placed on the disabled list with a flexor strain in his surgically repaired left hip.

He rejoined the club in a lost season Thursday and said pre-game he just wanted to do whatever he could to help this team win. And he did his part Thursday evening against the Nats.

The Orioles (21-52) lost anyway, allowing two runs in the bottom of the eighth in a 4-2 Nationals win – their fifth victory in six contests this season against the geographic rival Orioles.

Rasmus homered in his first at-bat – taking Washington ace Max Scherzer deep in the second inning. And then he made a tremendous throw in the seventh that kept the game tied.

Wilmer Difo led off the inning with a shot to right-center that soared over Rasmus’ outstretched glove for a triple. With one out, Rasmus erased the threat by catching a fly ball by Daniel Murphy and then throwing a bullet to home plate for an inning-ending double play.

Caleb Joseph had to leap to catch it and then made a good sweeping tag on Difo.

“I got excited with a chance to throw him out, so I just came out and aimed high, let it fly,” Rasmus said. “Luckily, Caleb came down with it and we were able to get him.”

The homer, Rasmus’ first since June 11, 2017, gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead against Scherzer in the second inning. Rasmus was 2-for-10 with no homers against Scherzer heading into Thursday.

“Me and Max, we go way back, so I felt real good,” Rasmus said.

At first glance, Rasmus may not look like a good fit for the Orioles now. But if he keeps playing like he did Thursday, he could be a trade chip next month.

On Thursday, though, it was more about his journey to get back to the majors this year.

“I know he was excited about getting here today. It’s been a long journey for him. I had him go over all the cities he’s been in, from Frederick to Harrisburg, I can keep going. Bowie. He’s made the rounds,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s put in a lot of work to get back here, so everybody was excited to see him come back in the locker room.”

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Dblack2508

    June 22, 2018 at 12:45 am

    I hope he gets hot and hits another 10 home runs, and flashes the glove. Even if we flip him for a lower level minor leaguer it’s better than DFAing him.

  2. Boog Robinson Robinson

    June 22, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Do we have a set date for Colby Rasmus bobblehead night?

    • Bancells Moustache

      June 22, 2018 at 9:14 am

      It comes already broken in the package with a free Dan Connolly bobble head that shouts “Shoulda took Jon Jay!”

    • Steve Cockey

      June 22, 2018 at 11:05 am

      Hahaa, well played Boog.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 22, 2018 at 11:24 am

        Thanks Steve, but I’m only BanMo’s straight man.

    • Dan Connolly

      June 22, 2018 at 11:20 am

      You guys …

  3. Creatively09

    June 22, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Yesterday my friend, who we’ll just call D.T. because he might read this texted me lambasting the O’s for sending down Rickard for Rasmus. I asked him what the O’s had to lose? Rickard wasn’t tearing up the majors and is under team control for years to come, and Rasmus if healthy and effective could be flipped, and if he has nothing left in the tank could easily be DFA’d at a minor cost to the O’s. I’m glad it worked out for one game, hopefully it continues down in Hotlanta.

    • Dan Connolly

      June 22, 2018 at 11:22 am

      That’s the reasonable take. A lot has to happen for him to be a commodity in a month. But can’t happen if he doesn’t play.

  4. Bancells Moustache

    June 22, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Wouldn’t it be funny if Rasmus and Davis went on an absolute tear for the next month?

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 23, 2018 at 8:29 am

      You’re bordering on prophetic my friend.

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