TORONTO – Double-A New Hampshire outfielder Dalton Pompey is struggling with a re-occurrence of tightness in his right quad and the Toronto Blue Jays are unsure if their outfield prospect will play again before the Fisher Cats’ season ends Sept. 1.
The issue first flared up for the 21-year-old on July 27 against Harrisburg, when he left the game for a pinch-runner after a single in the ninth.
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Pompey missed five games before returning Aug. 2, but left Wednesday’s game against Erie after just two at-bats when the tightness returned.
Given that Pompey experienced a setback and how key speed is to his game, the Blue Jays plan to exercise extreme caution with the promising centre-fielder.
Pompey, a 16th round pick in 2010, is in the midst of a breakthrough season, batting .319/.397/.471 in 70 games with six homers, 34 RBI and 29 stolen bases in 31 attempts at single-A Dunedin.
In 30 games with New Hampshire, he’s hitting .296/.382/.454 with two homers, 10 RBI and eight stolen bases in 13 tries.
The Mississauga, Ont., native also played for the World Team in the Futures Game prospect showcase.