The first and most obvious unwritten rule of baseball is that you should never take your eye off the ball under any circumstances. However, there are times when you should be safe on the field, and one of those times is between innings when you're jogging out to your position. Should be safe being the key words, because unfortunately for Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus, he was anything but safe during their 6-3 loss to the AL East champion Red Sox.
As Toronto took the field for the bottom of the first inning at Fenway Park, Rasmus was simply minding his own business as he ran out when a baseball literally came flying out of nowhere and struck him on the right side of the face right below his eye. At first it was unknown where exactly the ball came from. All that was caught on camera was Rasmus getting hit and immediately bending over. The Blue Jays broadcast thought it came from the bullpen, but afterwards we learned it actually came from right fielder Anthony Gose.
You can see the incident in the video around the 1:40 mark.
After a quick on field examination by the Blue Jays training staff, Rasmus was removed from the game and replaced by Kevin Pillar. There's still not a lot of information on his condition on Saturday, but it's apparent that his teammates, in particular, Anthony Gose, were shaken up by the accident.
“I thought he was looking at me,” said Gose, who was visibly shaken — tears welling in his eyes — after the game. “I was just trying to give him the ball to play catch with Rajai.”
Rasmus was taken to a local hospital for a CT scan. There was no other update on his condition, but he is likely the latest Blue Jay shut down for the season, joining Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion et al.
So you can now add “beaned by teammate” to this year’s list of weird injuries, which include a freak spinal tumour (Melky Cabrera), two sprained ankles on awkward slides (Jose Reyes and Brett Lawrie), and a simultaneous skull fracture and sprained knee (J.A. Happ).
This has undoubtedly been a rough season for the Blue Jays, and the unfortunate injury to Rasmus is just the latest in a series of setbacks. But for all that has gone wrong this season, maybe there should be hope that they're due for a season where everything goes right in 2014. Isn't that how baseball works, after all?
Well, in that case, good luck to the Toronto Blue Jays. That division isn't going away any time soon.