The Toronto Blue Jays have a decision looming on the status of outfielder Dalton Pompey as his 20-day injury rehab stint is set to expire on Monday.
The Blue Jays must decide whether they will promote Dalton Pompey to the majors or designate the out of options outfielder for assignment. Pompey suffered his third concussion earlier this spring when he hit his head on some bats atop his locker in the spring training clubhouse.
Pompey has played in 14 rehab games, five with Buffalo and Dunedin and four-game with the Gulf Coast League rookie affiliate. In five contests with the Bisons, the 26-year old is hitting .316 with six singles and no stolen bases in 52 plate appearances.
The Blue Jays could conceivably promote him and keep him around for the remainder of the season as there will surely be some open roster spaces in the coming days leading up to the trade deadline. If the Jays designate him for assignment they risk that Pompey will be plucked off the waiver wire heap.
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A non-contending team may be willing to add Pompey to their 25-man roster in hopes a change of scenery could bode well for the oft-injured outfielder.
The Canadian made his debut in 2014 but has since only played in 64 games at the major league level due to an assortment of injuries and poor play. He sports a career .221/.289/.372 line with three homers and eight stolen bases in 159 plate appearances.
In 2015, Pompey was added to the postseason roster and swiped four bags in five games mainly as a pinch-runner. The outfielder also singled in his only postseason at-bat versus the Royals.
Regardless of the outcome, there should be some clarity on the Pompey situation sooner than later as his rehab assignment expires today. Hopefully, the club keeps him around and affords him one more opportunity to make things right.