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#pounditTuesday, January 18, 2022

Blue Jays OF diagnosed with concussion following freak accident

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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey has a long history with concussions, and he must be in disbelief over the way he suffered his latest.

On Thursday, Pompey was a late scratch from Toronto’s lineup for their spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies after he bumped his head on some bats that were on top of his locker. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and has been placed in MLB’s concussion protocol.

As Mark Armstrong of Jays Journal reminds us, this is at least Pompey’s third concussion since he began playing professional baseball. He sustained one sliding into second while playing for team Canada at the World Baseball Classic in 2017, and he also suffered a concussion during a Triple-A game in 2016.

Pompey is batting .282 this spring and had a decent chance to earn a roster spot with the Blue Jays, who are dealing with some injuries and in need of outfield depth. He has no minor league options left, so his future with the team is less certain in the wake of his latest concussion.

Baseball players tend to suffer some of the most bizarre injuries you’ll ever hear of, but Pompey’s is incredibly unfortunate given his history. The timing also could not have been much worse.

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