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Colby Rasmus will be sent out on a rehab assignment before making his return from a strained right hamstring. That was assumed to be the plan all along, but it was at least somewhat in question when Rasmus recently told a group of reporters that he thought a return without playing in any Minor League games was possible. Manager John Gibbons quickly dismissed that notion Tuesday afternoon.

"I haven't asked him, I hadn't heard anything, but he needs to go down and play," Gibbons said. "He needs to go down and play some games."

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Colby Rasmus will be sent out on a rehab assignment before making his return from a strained right hamstring. That was assumed to be the plan all along, but it was at least somewhat in question when Rasmus recently told a group of reporters that he thought a return without playing in any Minor League games was possible. Manager John Gibbons quickly dismissed that notion Tuesday afternoon.

"I haven't asked him, I hadn't heard anything, but he needs to go down and play," Gibbons said. "He needs to go down and play some games."

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There's still no immediate timetable for Rasmus' return to the Blue Jays' lineup. He has gone through a series of running drills over the past several days, and it's expected he will begin an assignment in the very near future. He'll likely be back in early June.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB.

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