Blue Jays’ Dalton Pompey plays in extended spring training game

Feb 26, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey (23) signs autographs before the start of the spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey (23) signs autographs before the start of the spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /
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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey appears to be on the road to recovery after suffering a concussion during the World Baseball Classic while representing his home and native land of Canada.

Dalton Pompey suited up for the Blue Jays in an extended spring training game in Dunedin yesterday. In speaking with a source close to the outfielder they advised Pompey would be headed to High-A ball at the end of the week and that he felt good.

The 24-year old tweeted that he has first game in the books and that he never felt so good to be back on the diamond.

The product of Canada always seems to be the forgotten man in the Jays outfield mix. Pompey had a real shot at bullying his way into the mix heading into this spring due to the Blue Jays left field situation.

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Unfortunately for Pompey, he injured himself sliding into second base during the WBC tourney and updates on his prognosis has been few and far between ever since.

The outfielder possesses game-changing speed as he put on display during the past two postseasons as a pinch runner off the bench. Last season Pompey hit .270 in 93 games with the Bisons while battling injuries for a good part of the 2016 campaign.

The Blue Jays have battled injuries all season with many of their big-money stars seeing time on the shelf thus far. If Pompey can begin producing offensively and put the concussion behind him there is a good shot we will see him north of the border before the end of the season.

The Jays just promoted Darrell Ceciliani to provide depth off the bench after the outfielder was batting just .145 with no home runs in 21 games with the herd in Buffalo. You would have to figure a healthy Pompey can provide more upside than that.

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Regardless of how long it takes Pompey to back into game shape at least, he is trending the right direction.

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