Colby Rasmus was back in the saddle, starting a game for the first time since Feb. 27.

While taking BP prior to a game on that date, Rasmus strained a pectoral muscle and has been on the sidelines since.

The 2013 season isn’t a make-or-break one for the Jays’ 26-year-old centre fielder, but it could prove pivotal for his team this season.

The Jays certainly have high hopes for the enigmatic Rasmus. A mention of his name will give GM Alex Anthopoulos a case of the wobbles. In Anthopoulos’ view, there is no limit to Rasmus’ ceiling.

Rasmus appreciates their backing but truth be told, would rather be left on his own.

It’s not that he’s antisocial. Rather, he’d rather work out the way to the top on his own terms than through over-coaching or a series of pat-on-the-back pep talks.

“I like to not be really messed with a whole lot, kind of ‘leave me be’, because I already want it bad enough,” Rasmus said of achieving the high end of his talent. “So outside pressures or people trying to pump me up (doesn’t work) cause I’ve always been real laid back.

“When I was coming through the minor leagues I was real laid back and just kind of like, ‘whatever goes’ and just enjoyed being there and enjoyed the time. As I got moved up, people always saw that as me not caring or me being lazy and they always tried to put that spark under me and fire me up, which is not what I needed because I’d try to go out there and try to hit the ball 800 feet when all I’ve got to hit it is 338 feet to be a home run or whatever. So, I already had that fire in me. I just kind of needed to be like, left alone.