Gibbons: Rasmus may not return from DL in ’13

Colby Rasmus of the Toronto Blue Jays (AP/Gail Burton)

Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera may not be the only Toronto Blue Jays outfielders who finish the season on the disabled list. Manager John Gibbons said there may not be enough time for Colby Rasmus to return from the DL before the season ends.

Gibbons told reporters, including Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 the FAN, that Rasmus may rest instead of returning to the MLB level.

The Blue Jays placed Rasmus on the disabled list with a left oblique strain on August 14. Before he was placed on the disabled list, he was enjoying his best season as a Blue Jay.

Rasmus, 27, appeared in 112 games for the Blue Jays this year, hitting .273/.335/.478 with 18 home runs and 26 doubles. He generated a career-best 3.8 wins above replacement, according to Baseball-Reference.

The Blue Jays have been relying on Rajai Davis, Anthony Gose, Kevin Pillar and Moises Sierra in the outfield in the absence of Bautista, Cabrera and Rasmus. The team announced Wednesday that Bautista will remain sidelined for the rest of the regular season.

The Blue Jays play their last game of the season on September 29.

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