In last weeks WBC Canada game, Blue Jays player Dalton Pompey slid head first into second base, resulting in some dizziness and worry.
Journalists have been telling us all week that he would be fine and ready for the upcoming season, but last night news broke and revealed otherwise.
Sadly, Dalton Pompey has yet another concussion and will be out indefinitely.
Last season in June, Dalton Pompey caught a pop-fly during the bottom of the ninth and smashed his head into the wall. Bisons medical staff came rushing onto the field, but he was left to finish off the game after nothing serious was suspected. A few days later, we found out that Pompey had gotten a concussion from the hit, and would be out until further notice.
While the concussion from the WBC game came from a head-first stolen base, and not a wall smash, it is still very serious. Ross Atkins announced yesterday that he has a concussion and is going to be shut down.
MLB does not have any strict concussion protocol or rules, leaving it up to the team’s discretion as to when a player with a concussion will come back. Normally, they will be put on the disabled list, but since rules have changed and there is only a 10-day DL, I am not sure how this will work. Since it is only Spring Training, Pompey has a few weeks to recover until opening day.
If this were to have happened during the regular season, losing Dalton Pompey could have been crucial. While the Jays have quality outfielders within the organization – most at the major league level – none are as speedy as Pompey, and speed is something that the current 25-man roster lacks. If anything were to happen with any of the Jays outfield options (players), Pompey could come up and help the team immensely.
Hopefully by the time the regular season begins, Pompey will be all clear under concussion protocol, or very close to coming back to baseball. We wish him all the best!