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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: No more Rasmus

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The big news from yesterday is that Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus decided to stop playing baseball. This is extremely unusual. While Rasmus was on the 10-day disabled list, he was expected to be able to return soon, and he had performed well this year when healthy.

The team statement did not give much information:

“The Rays fully support Colby’s decision to step away from baseball. We are thankful for his contributions to our team, and we wish him and his family the best as they move forward. Respecting the privacy of Colby and his family, the Rays will have no further comment.”

And the beat writers don’t appear to have anything to add, at least not yet.

We wish him well.

Here’s what Rasmus’s departure means for the Rays outfield situation.

As you can see, it’s a crowded outfield picture.

The Rays do expect Tim Beckham back this Sunday, which will allow them to keep Corey Dickerson in left field and use Brad Miller as the DH.