Blue Jays: Is the Nate Pearson injury more serious than anticipated?
The Toronto Blue Jays have provided very little in terms of updates on the status of Nate Pearson and that could be concerning.
Blue Jays rookie Nate Pearson was placed on the injured reserve following his last start with elbow tightness. The hurler underwent an MRI on the elbow on the 20th of August and the team was expected to report the findings later that day.
Nearly a week has passed and there has been nothing learned in regards to the Pearson’s prognosis following the MRI. Ross Atkins had initially said the team was not overly concerned with the injury but that statement came before the MRI.
Pearson appeared not to trust his fastball nearly as much in his last start throwing secondary pitches in fastball counts. His fastball also seemed to be down a tick or two in velocity before the injury was revealed.
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Regardless of the prognosis, it does not appear that Pearson will be back in time to make any sort of contribution from here on out. The Blue Jays will likely utilize his services out of the bullpen if he does get the green light to resume pitching before the end of the campaign.
It just seems concerning that the team has not revealed the results of the MRI especially if the injury is not serious in nature. The silence spurns speculation that the injury may be much more serious than first anticipated.
In four starts this season, Pearson sports an inflated 6.61 earned run average while 14 in 16.1 innings of work. The 24-year surrendered nine runs over his last two starts which only lasted a combined 6.1 innings. In his first two starts of the season, he only issued three runs.
Hopefully, we hear some positive news on the situation in the very near future, however, the organization’s silence does not bode well for a positive prognosis.