The 27-year-old Rasmus was immediately sent to a local hospital where he underwent a CT scan. The preliminary results didn't reveal any structural damage to the bone around his left eye, but Rasmus will remain in Boston for a few days to undergo further evaluations.
"He is going on the DL but preliminary X-rays, everything looks good, but they still want -- in a few days when the swelling goes down -- to get another look," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "But as of now it looks pretty good."
Gose was understandably shaken up after the incident and had to fight off his emotions during a brief media session following the game. At the time of the incident, Gose thought Rasmus was looking at him for the throw, but unfortunately that wasn't the case and the ball struck Toronto's center fielder in one of the worst possible places.
Both players have gone through this warmup process thousands of times during their careers, but in this particular case it was wrong place, wrong time, for Rasmus. Gose took the news relatively hard, but Rasmus appears to have avoided a major injury.
"Naturally you feel bad, they're tight, that's his good buddy, too," Gibbons said. "It's one of those freak things, they do it every time they're out there. It's too bad."
Rasmus, who played in 118 games, was enjoying a breakout year at the plate -- hitting .276 with 22 homers, 66 RBIs and an impressive .840 OPS. The former first-round Draft pick by the Cardinals will enter his final year of arbitration during the offseason.