Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey diagnosed with concussion
|Toronto Star 22 Mar 2019 at 11:28|
DUNEDIN, FLA.â€” Injury prone outfielder Dalton Pompey suffered another setback on Friday, diagnosed with a concussion after he hit his head on bats in his clubhouse locker.
Pompey was a late scratch from Torontoâ€™s lineup ahead of the Jaysâ€™ 13-6 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday after injurying himself at Dunedin Stadium. It is not yet clear just how Pompey managed to bump is head, nor what this injury means for the player and club.
Dalton Pompey is looking to break camp with the Blue Jays as a fifth outfielder.Â Â (Mike McGinnis / GETTY IMAGES)
For now, the team placed the 26-year-old in Major League Baseballâ€™s concussion protocol.
Pompey is out of options and the Mississauga native arrived at spring training in a dogfight for one last chance with his hometown team, looking to break camp with the club as a fifth outfielder behind Kevin Pillar, Randal Grichuk, Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney on the depth chart.
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A laundry list of injuries and incidents have stalled Pompeyâ€™s development since he debuted with the Jays in September 2014 and contributed to Torontoâ€™s post-season run the following fall.
He has suffered turf toe bone bruise on his heel and knee, a sprained knee, two previous concussions, a wrist injury, a torn ligament in his left thumb, a tight back and was also at one point suspended for violating team policy in Buffalo last August following an altercation with Bisons manager Bobby Meacham.
Pompey starting the season on the injured list could delay the Jaysâ€™ decision on his future. His spot on the 40-man roster guarantees he canâ€™t be designated for assignment or released without compensation. Another factor will be injuries to relievers Ryan Tepera and John Axford, who will both start the season on the injured list. The club might go with an eight-man bullpen to compensate, instead of a fifth outfielder.
Pompey has slashed .282/.282/.436 with a home run and seven RBIs in 14 spring games.
Pompey has previously said he hoped to earn chance with one of MLBâ€™s 29 other teams if things didnâ€™t work out with the Jays.
General manager Ross Atkins should shed more light on the situation with Pompey when he speaks to the media in his final availability of spring on Friday afternoon before Aaron Sanchez and the Jays welcome the Baltimore Orioles for a 6:07 start.