Toronto center fielder Colby Rasmus said he meant no harm with the hard slide into second base that got a piece of the Tigers' Omar Infante. Luckily Rasmus might keep that in mind as it's being reported that Infante isn't expected to play against the Blue Jays on Thursday after leaving the game with a shin contusion.
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"I just treated it like any other time I'm on first base," Rasmus said after the Tigers' 6-2 win on Wednesday. "Rajai (Davis) hit a ground ball, so I was coming in hard trying to break up a double play. Nothing no different."
Rasmus reiterated his explanation when he was told at least one Tigers player wanted him suspended for the slide with spikes up. Colby had reached base after being hit by a pitch from Max Scherzer.
"That's their thought on it," he said. "It's nothing no different than I ever do. I go in hard every time. My intention is never to hurt anybody or nothing like that. You know, I was taught that early in this game, and that's how I play. I didn't mean for nothing bad to happen, but it's no different than any time I ever come in.
Rasmus, who singled in both plate appearances after the forceout, did allow for the possibility that the Tigers might still deliver retribution.
"If they hit me, that's just part of the game, too," Rasmus said. "Take it, put some ice on it, and go on about my business."
Tigers manager Jim Leyland declined comment on the slide as did Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.
"I don't comment on those kind of things publicly, possibly controversial plays," Gibbons said. "It's got to be, because you're asking about it. That never does anyone good. That inflames and things, so I'd rather not comment on those things."
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