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After abrupt ending to last season, Colby Rasmus looking for fresh start with Orioles

After abrupt ending to last season, Colby Rasmus looking for fresh start with Orioles

When Colby Rasmus abruptly left the Tampa Bay Rays last July to spend more time with his family, the veteran outfielder didn’t know whether he’d have the opportunity — or the desire — to return to the majors in 2018.

Rasmus’ first half last year was slowed by lingering hip problems that limited him to just 37 appearances in Tampa Bay’s first 90 games before he was placed on the restricted list and never returned. Rasmus, 31, said he needed to be with his family back home in Alabama. His wife, Megan, was pregnant with the couple’s third child.

“I’ve played a lot of baseball in my day,” said Rasmus, who had previously played for three other teams over a nine-year career and...

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