CBS Houston – The Houston Astros Tuesday got back outfielder Colby Rasmus, activating him from the designated list (DL). Rasmus has been sidelined since August 7th dealing with a cyst in his right ear, in a corresponding move the team optioned pitcher Brad Peacock back to Fresno (AAA).
After surgery and rest, the lefty handed slugger is now primed for a return as the Astros head into some really important baseball. Currently, the Astros sit two games back of the American League’s second wild card.
“His legs are underneath him, he looks like a completely different person,” Manager A.J. Hinch said of Colby Rasmus, “his movements are different then it was right before his surgery, so we hope he can jump right back into things and contribute.”
Now fully healthy, the Astros are hoping Rasmus will be able to provide a boost to the team.
“He’s a big addition for us we’ve seen when he gets hot, he can get white-hot and be a tremendous influence in our run scoring,” Hinch said, “I think his power potential, his ability to command the strike zone when he’s right, all is about him to be able to put up big at-bats, if he does that, then he can be a big contributor.”
The 19 games before the Astros put Rasmus on the DL he was batting .045, but he was able to hit .253 in the prior 71 games.
Last year, Rasmus was one of the major factors the Astros were able to make the playoffs. In the final month of the season, he smacked 8 home runs and had 1.000 OPS.
If Rasmus is fully behind the ear problems, he should be another big factor as the season comes to a close.