Rasmus to ‘step away’ from game

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BASEBALL -

ST. PETERS­BURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have placed in­jured out­fielder Colby Rasmus on the re­stricted list after the player’s de­ci­sion to “step away from base­ball.”

The team did not pro­vide specifics Thurs­day, in­stead say­ing in a brief state­ment that the club fully sup­ports the player de­cid­ing to leave.

The state­ment con­cluded: “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.”

Rasmus, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent last win­ter, had been on the 10-day dis­abled list since June 23 with left hip ten­dini­tis.

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