The Jays should deal Colby Rasmus

Colby Rasmus of the Toronto Blue Jays slides and scores a run in the second inning during MLB game...

Colby Rasmus of the Toronto Blue Jays slides and scores a run in the second inning during MLB game action against the Oakland Athletics on August 9, 2013 at Rogers Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images/AFP)

Steve Buffery, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:24 PM ET

It’s become a bit of a running joke.

Before every game, a horde of reporters make their way into the office of Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and ask him about the status of injured outfielder Colby Rasmus, who has been out since May 13 with a right hamstring injury.

Up until Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park in Detroit, Gibbons would laugh and pretend that he had no idea how his starting centre fielder was faring or when he would start a rehab assignment. That changed prior to Thursday’s game in Detroit, when Gibbons acknowledged that Rasmus took some batting practice and ran the bases in Florida and will hopefully get into some games next week.

But one thing’s for certain — though nobody in the organization has actually come out and said this — there’s no dying sense of urgency to get Rasmus back. The Jays have gone 18-4 since the Columbus, Ga., native went down and his fill-in at centrefield, Anthony Gose, has done a decent job at the plate, batting .237, but


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