Outfielder has stepped away from baseball for the second consecutive season.
Rasmus, who played for five organizations over 10 seasons, homered off Washington’s Max Scherzer in his first at-bat June 21 after being sidelined since April 7 because of a left hip injury. That started a four-game hitting streak, but he then went hitless in his last 11 at-bats and was batting just .133 when he stepped away.
“There’s a lot more to than baseball,” manager
said. “That’s his decision. It’s usually something that doesn’t happen overnight.”
❚ Right-hander returned from the disabled list July 6 after recovering from a left ankle sprain and gave up six runs, five earned, in 31⁄3 innings against Minnesota. Bundy, who did not make a rehab start, was 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four June starts before the injury.
Buck Dylan Bundy
New York’s Brett Gardner (right) and Aaron Judge twice have led off games with consecutive home runs, most recently July 7 in Toronto.