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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Colby Rasmus to ‘Step Away’ from MLB, Placed on Restricted List by Rays

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus is taking a leave of absence from Major League Baseball.

The Rays announced Thursday that they’ve placed Rasmus on the restricted list and released a statement in support of his decision:

Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rasmus is not expected to return during the 2017 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 04:09 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: July 13, 2017 at 04:24 PM (#5493139)
Wonder if this is related to his earlier retirement talk from a few years back?
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 04:32 PM (#5493142)
Didn't he have kind of an overbearing Great Santini-type dad?
   3. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 13, 2017 at 04:39 PM (#5493147)
I hope everything is okay with his wife and kids.
My parents used to have tickets that put them a row or two behind the Jays wives/gf/family section at SkyDome, and I sat in them a few times.
Colby's wife often acted as the nanny for the other families when they zipped off to grab food/use the washroom, by watching the kids in the seats for them.
His little daughter was adorable. She had this custom made princess dress that had looked like a Jays jersey on the front and her dad's name/number on the back.
Every time he stepped into the on deck circle, she'd jump up on her seat and yell "Yay Daddy!" and he'd sneak a quick look at her and smile.
   4. BDC Posted: July 13, 2017 at 04:54 PM (#5493155)
Yes, best wishes to Rasmus.

His career has reminded me a bit of JD Drew's – came up with St. Louis, knocked around a bit, hasn't always stayed in the lineup very consistently, something of a disappointment because there were such high expectations; but overall a pretty good player (Drew was better, of course, but the pattern was similar). Rasmus has had "only" 20 WAR in a thousand games, but that's hardly bad even for a first-round draft pick.
   5. Dock Ellis Posted: July 13, 2017 at 06:10 PM (#5493182)
   6. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 13, 2017 at 06:15 PM (#5493188)
According to some doctor on Twitter, it's his hip.


But then why doesn't he simply remain on the DL and keep collecting a paycheque?
By going on the restricted list, he's essentially retired.
   7. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: July 13, 2017 at 06:56 PM (#5493208)
20 WAR is a nice career. Glad to hear it's nothing more sinister then apparently the hip, but still stinks to bow out on an injury.

Of course my first thought was that he got busted for running a meth lab as he looked the part.
   8. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: July 13, 2017 at 07:33 PM (#5493225)
Yeah, hip is DL, not walking away mid-season (normally)
   9. dog poop god (SS) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 07:58 PM (#5493237)
It's not about an injury, obviously. Good luck to him. Baseball needs its odd ducks.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: July 13, 2017 at 07:59 PM (#5493238)
According to his b-r page, he has been on the DL for over a week now. If it is just the hip, this could be a case where team and player disagree on whether he's ready to come off the DL and/or the surgery/rehab regimen to get healthy. Possibly similar to the Gil Meche case where he walked away from a big guaranteed salary year because he had hit the point where he was unwilling (or felt he wasn't capable or just didn't want the pain) to rehab anymore. Or, similarly, maybe they've concluded the hip condition is degenerative/career-ending and, since the Rays likely don't have insurance on such a small contract, he's doing them the favor. Anyway, he's made about $42 M to this point and is walking away from "just" $2 M.
   11. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: July 13, 2017 at 08:10 PM (#5493242)
Hopefully it is just the hip and not something more serious. I have to admit when I first saw this I assumed it was a drug/alcohol issue or some kind of emotional issue like depression. Not that I want him to have a bad hip but that's probably the least bad of the options.
   12. Bote Man Posted: July 13, 2017 at 09:01 PM (#5493254)
Possibly similar to the Gil Meche case where he walked away from a big guaranteed salary year because he had hit the point where he was unwilling (or felt he wasn't capable or just didn't want the pain) to rehab anymore.

My sister is/was an orthopaedics nurse and frequently talked about hip replacements (and similar operations) as if they were a breeze. Then I visited an old professor who described the agony of rehabbing from a hip replacement and it put it into perspective. It aint easy, although the restored mobility is well worth it.
   13. Cargo Cultist Posted: July 14, 2017 at 02:25 AM (#5493317)
My former secretary had both hips replaced at 47, went through agony, and never fully recovered. She died not long after, and I will always believe those two hip replacements had something to do with it.

Avoid that #### if you can.
   14. Khrushin it bro Posted: July 14, 2017 at 07:08 PM (#5493846)
My dad had his hips replaced, first one not that big a deal and then nerve damage on the second. He limped for many years as a result of breaking his leg at age 5 and having two different leg lengths. After a few years he's much better off now but it wasn't easy.
   15. GGC:BTF's Biggest Underachiever Posted: July 14, 2017 at 07:46 PM (#5493853)
13. Cargo Cultist Posted: July 14, 2017 at 02:25 AM (#5493317)
My former secretary had both hips replaced at 47, went through agony, and never fully recovered. She died not long after, and I will always believe those two hip replacements had something to do with it.

Avoid that #### if you can.


My boss is about that same age and he had one hip replaced recently. I often think of what happened to Dick Schaap after his surgery. So far, this guy is alright.
   16. Darren Posted: July 15, 2017 at 10:54 AM (#5493998)
Along the same line Walt is suggesting, maybe it's the kind of thing where he could have surgery/other treatment and recover well enough to play again and simply doesn't want to go through that.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: July 15, 2017 at 11:25 AM (#5494004)
My sister is/was an orthopaedics nurse and frequently talked about hip replacements (and similar operations) as if they were a breeze.

there is a big difference between now and even just a decade ago. now there is robotic surgery, 3D printing of parts to exact specs, etc.
if you don't wait way too long, the recovery generally is much easier than people think. now.

they are making good progress on knees as well, but it's a more complex challenge so there are fewer "home runs" post-surgery.
   18. dog poop god (SS) Posted: July 15, 2017 at 01:22 PM (#5494033)
Not all surgeons are created equal. And even the best hospitals are death traps.

Still joint replacement is "worth it" if your life sucks because of a bad joint.
   19. Tom T Posted: July 15, 2017 at 07:26 PM (#5494100)
Still joint replacement is "worth it" if your life sucks because of a bad joint.


Yes, just recognize that you will undergo *another* replacement surgery after some time. Depending on your age, perhaps a couple cycles of it.

While the metal in the replacement components no longer fatigues (used to be a possible issue), they still don't do the greatest job of regrowing bone around the implants. Certainly better than in the past, but most hip replacements will eventually work loose, and knee replacements...well...there is a lot of strain each time you take a step.

Kind of a funny field, though...the companies are all aware that their replacements only provide temporary relief, but they still (likely correctly) view the bulk of their patient base as being sufficiently old that the replacement of the replacement isn't "the norm".

Colleagues at several large schools (public and private) here in the mecca for orthopedic implants just recently tried to convince these companies that their products could be greatly improved for relatively small research investments, but the companies concluded (and I am *NOT* making this up) that their primary "research" need is for a better GUI front-end for one of their ancient analytical packages.

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