It wasn't what you could call an inspiring start with his new team for Colby Rasmus but the Toronto Blue Jays are willing to give him a mulligan on this one.
And maybe for the next little while as well.
"I'm sure today's a little bit of a whirlwind for him," Toronto manager John Farrell said Thursday night after Rasmus struggled at the plate against the Baltimore Orioles, going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Farrell didn't mind so much as the Blue Jays, behind some home run power by Edwin Encarnacion and Eric Thames, came back to record an 8-5 win over the Orioles at Rogers Centre.
Rasmus was the centrepiece of a blockbuster three-team trade the Blue Jays orchestrated on Wednesday that landed them the 24-year-old centrefielder from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rasmus is considered one of the top up-and-coming outfielders in the game though it was hard to tell by his performance on Thursday.
"Coming into a new organization, a lot of requests, a lot of questions answered," Farrell said. "Tonight he might have pulled off a few pitches that he might otherwise say on.
"Again, I think it's clearly an adjustment period for him. We've just got to give him an opportunity to settle in."
Rasmus said it was certainly not the start he envisioned.
"It was a long couple of days, didn't really feel that comfortable at the plate," he said. "I guess that's to be expected. I think tomorrow will be a good day."
Rasmus said rushing to get to Toronto following the trade and then having to get orientated to a new team and all the demands from the media forced him to deviate from his normal pre-game preparations.
"I really didn't feel too nervous once I got out on the field. But all the stuff going on. My mom was a little all over the place, I couldn't relax and settle down. That was a little tough to deal with."Report Typo/Error
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