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Blue Jays place Colby Rasmus on DL, call up Kevin Pillar

Aug 14, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

Blue Jays' Rasmus stretches during practice at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin Reuters

Colby Rasmus is headed to the disabled list with an oblique strain and the Blue Jays have called up outfielder Kevin Pillar to replace him on the roster.

Rasmus was having a very nice bounceback season after struggling last year, hitting .273 with 18 homers, 26 doubles, and an .812 OPS in 112 games at age 26. Now he’ll miss the rest of this month and, based on how most oblique injuries go, could be sidelined well into September.

Pillar will be making his MLB debut at age 24 after hitting .307 with nine homers, 23 steals, and an .814 OPS in 123 games between Double-A and Triple-A. He was a 32nd-round pick and is not considered a top prospect, but Pillar is a career .321 hitter in 311 games as a minor leaguer.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    As a sophomore, Pillar had a 50+ game hitting streak, but was not drafted. This guy was drafted as a senior in the thirty second round. If my memory is correct, the Jays once drafted Orlando Hudson around the thirty second round. He has hit well at every level in the minors and has a huge chip on his shoulder because he was overlooked in the draft. He is said to be a hard worker. He hits some home runs and is a decent base stealer.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      I was wrong about Hudson. He was drafted in round 43. Sometimes, players drafted late, have a much better career than guys who a drafted high and flame out.

      As I wrote, Pillar has a chip on his shoulder and will play hard. He has been compared to Reed Johnson.

      • cur68 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Never heard of this kid, PC. I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s got.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        He is playing better than Sierra and Gose.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        Well considering you don’t have anything else to look forward too, you might as well

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        Not the only thing you are wrong about, too much to list

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Meet the new Bust!! Same as the Old Bust!!!!

      • nbjays - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

        Listen to harry’s new note… same as the old note.

        You know, for a “knowledgeable baseball person who comes on here to dispense his wisdom to those who need it”, as you have often stated, you sure don’t have a very wide repertoire of baseball knowledge on display. Could it be you are just full of shit?

        I vote yes!

  2. Joe - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    True story – a couple of months ago I was at a AA game in Portland, Maine, in which Pillar was playing for the opposing New Hampshire team. I sit directly in front of seating reserved for special needs fans – people in wheel chairs, etc. On this day it was a group of blind fans behind me. When Pillar (whose name is pronounced pillar) came up, one guy in the row behind me said, “what the Hell is Kevin Millar doing back in AA?”

    So, OK, you can’t read his name on the scoreboard, but he was leading off and playing center field, and Millar would never have done that.

    And also, Kevin Millar is probably the most popular player ever to come through Portland. There’s no way he would have come to bat to the resounding indifference typically shown by fans toward the opposing batters.

    • Joe - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Yes, I just wrote three paragraphs making fun of a blind baseball fan. That deserves a thumbs down.

      • dan1111 - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        It started out so well. With “True story” I was excited to find out how unbelievable the story was going to be…

    • jerze2387 - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      The blue jays re-signed Kevin Millar and demoted him, and you were there??? why was he playing CF??

      (anybody who makes fun of a blind person deserves to be fucked with)

  3. okwhitefalcon - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Raz apparently strained the oblique with an awkward reach for a chili dog from the post game spread while deeply involved in a clubhouse screening of “Children of the Corn”.

    • cur68 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      “Children of the Corn”? So he was watching home movies, eh?

      • okwhitefalcon - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        Indeed he was.

        To this day no one has ever seen Raz and Malachi in the same spot.

        Coincidence?

        I think not!

  4. stex52 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Poor guy was doomed. I picked him up for my fantasy team a bit back. Surest way to the DL I know of.

    • bh192012 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Same exact thing here.

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