Canadian outfielder Dalton Pompey is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in Dunedin on Tuesday after missing the entire season thus far with a concussion.
The Toronto Blue Jays have not been very forthcoming with updates on the status of outfielder Dalton Pompey who suffered a concussion sliding into second base during the World Baseball Classic Tourney while representing Team Canada.
Sportsnet analyst Jamie Campbell finally shed some light on the topic last night confirming on Twitter that Pompey would begin a rehab assignment in Dunedin early next week.
Pompey possesses game-changing speed as we all witnessed during the postseason where the outfielder was primarily used as a pinch-runner off the bench for manager John Gibbons. In five playoff games, Pompey has is a perfect 4 for 4 in stolen bases while only accumulating one at bat.
The 24-year old Mississauga native has 59 regular season games under his belt between 2014-2016 batting .222 with 8 stolen bases in 148 career plate appearances at the big league level.
The Blue Jays have been decimated by injuries this season and could have surely benefited from the services of the young outfielder had he not been shelved.
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It will be interesting to see what role the Blue Jays plan to utilize him in moving forward but one would have to think Pompey will need to get some reps in at the Triple-A level in Buffalo before that becomes a topic of discussion.
The Jays have relied on the like of Ezequiel Carrera, Chris Coghlan, Dwight Smith Jr, Anthony Alford and Steve Pearce to man the corner outfield spots at different tenures throughout the season. Pompey could conceivably provide more upside than Coghlan on the big league roster if Pearce remains sidelined for an extended period of time.
Hopefully, Pompey can finally put the concussion issues behind him and concentrate on baseball and reach his maximum potential with the big club once and for all.