The Toronto Blue Jays have seen their share of injuries in 2017, but Dalton Pompey might be the unluckiest of all of them
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, Dalton Pompey can’t catch a break. It appears that every year, he is coming back from another injury. This year, he slid into second during the World Baseball Classic and gave himself a concussion. For those familiar with this version of a head injury, the comeback can be uncertain. That is to say that there is no set timeline for when a person heals.
Pompey made his way back to game action a short while ago as he was cleared to play. He started his rehab stint in Dunedin and saw 4 games before the club decided to move him on up to Buffalo. In Dunedin, the 24 year old Canadian seemed to be showing no ill effects form his injury as he collected 4 hits, including a double with 3 RBI in 4 games. His 18 plate appearances was enough to show he was ready.
So, he made his way to Buffalo to start in Sunday’s contest. According to Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News, his outing didn’t last long. After singling in his first at bat, he was pulled in the third inning. He appeared to have done something to his leg on a catch in centerfield. He was pulled to ensure there was nothing serious. And, hopefully, that is all it is.
Another trip to the DL would be yet another gut punch to a player with a lot of talent, but one who has had very little in the way of real opportunities to land a full time job at the big league level. There was a point when the club (under Alex Anthopoulos) looked to be leaning in his direction, but Pompey seemed over-matched in the bigs. He was demoted all the way to New Hampshire to find his groove again. Since then, when healthy, he has shown that his groove has firmly returned to him.
But, the issue is that he is having trouble stating healthy. Our Spencer Redmond previously wrote about Pompey’s injury history back when the outfielder suffered his concussion. This is not the first concussion Pompey has dealt with. He crashed into the LF wall making a catch for one last year. He’s dealt with turf toe, he’s dealt with a bone bruise, a sprained knee, to name a few of his ailments.
At this point, Pompey needs to string together an extended period of success to push the organization into a decision about his promotion. With Steve Pearce still on the shelf and Ezequiel Carrera an inconsistent option for the everyday LF job, a strong showing from Pompey very well could result in a promotion. But, in order to do that, he’ll have to ensure he can stay healthy.
For Pompey himself, it has to be frustrating to see yourself return from injury and before you can get things going, you suffer yet another setback. Hopefully, being pulled from the Bisons’ game is precautionary and he’ll be able to get back in to action so as to force his way into the big league conversation. At the very least, it would be great if he could stay healthy so that his talent is the only question on the table, rather than his medical file.
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