Colby Rasmus could return to Blue Jays this weekend

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Rasmus has been sidelined since mid-August with an oblique injury.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus took "game-speed" swings during batting practice and is on pace to return this weekend, reports John Lott of the National Post.

Rasmus has been sidelined since Aug. 14 with an oblique strain. The outfielder suffered a "minor setback" later in the month, but has been able to resume baseball activities.

The outfielder discussed his injury with Lott, telling the reporter:

"I'm feeling good, just trying to get back on this turf, take some swings, take some full hacks. In Florida I couldn't get into it, get after it. I came up here to get some swings going on the field and running some balls down."

He also told Lott that he has unwisely attempted to play through similar injuries in the past, but this oblique injury was more serious.

Rasmus served as the team's primary centerfielder before the injury, batting .273/.335/.478 in 439 plate appearances. He managed to remain productive despite a 30 percent strikeout rate, flashing solid power with 18 home runs and 26 doubles.

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