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Cards prospect Rasmus back in action
08/26/2008 8:36 PM ET
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals prospect Colby Rasmus has returned to active duty after missing a month due to a left knee injury.

Rasmus began a rehabilitation assignment Saturday with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, a short-season, rookie-level team. Thus far it's gone well, with the outfielder going 3-for-5 with a home run and two walks in his first two games. He could be assigned to Class A Palm Beach of the Florida State League as soon as Wednesday.

However, despite his healthy return, Rasmus is not expected to join the Cardinals when September callups begin next week. Manager Tony La Russa said Tuesday that while no decision has been made, Rasmus will probably not make his Major League debut this year.

"He hasn't been playing," La Russa said. "We haven't had the meeting officially, but I just don't think [he will be called up]. He hasn't earned it. Injuries are injuries, but you can't reward somebody because of it."

Rasmus shined in Spring Training, establishing himself as a legitimate contender for a spot on the Opening Day roster after a big 2007 season with Double-A Springfield. However, he struggled out of the gate at Triple-A Memphis, not really taking off until July.

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