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Blue Jays: Bisons’ Dalton Pompey suspended for violating team policy

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TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 26: Dalton Pompey #45 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a triple in the second inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles on September 26, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 26: Dalton Pompey #45 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a triple in the second inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles on September 26, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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The once-promising outfield prospect has hit another roadblock following an alleged altercation with his manager in Buffalo. He is expected to rejoin the team within the next few days, according to a report.

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Buffalo Bisons outfielder Dalton Pompey has been suspended by the team without pay for violating a team policy. Pompey is expected to return in the next few days.

The alleged incident, which took place last Saturday in Indianapolis, featured Pompey getting into an argument with Bisons manager Bobby Meacham after being replaced by fellow outfielder Billy McKinney in the bottom of the first inning.

The switch-hitting Mississauga native has appeared in 30 games for the Bisons this year, slashing .291/.369/.476 with four homers and 15 RBI. Additionally, he’s stolen eight bases and has scored 19 runs.

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At this point, it’s unclear just how much of an effect this will have on his standing within the organization, though one can certainly assume that a personal issue with a member of the coaching staff is not something that will bode well for him in the near future.

A 16th round draft pick in 2010, Pompey has 11 at-bats at the big league level this year, with two hits and six strikeouts in five contests.

As Davidi notes in the column, Pompey could be an odd man out on the Blue Jays roster, seeing as he will be out of options come 2019 and his roster spot could be both crowded and occupied. One could be left to wonder if frustration was the main cause of this outburst.

Still, not much is known about the incident, and the Blue Jays representative who confirmed the suspension would not elaborate on its nature, so the only note we have to go on at this moment is the Davidi report.

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For his career, Pompey has appeared in 64 major league games, slashing .221/.289/.372 with eight stolen bases, 42 strikeouts and 12 walks in 159 plate appearances. Primarily utilized as a pinch-runner and defensive outfielder, he’s slammed three career home runs and has nine doubles to his name.

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