Blue Jays send Dalton Pompey down to double-A

Dalton Pompey (Nathan Denette/CP)

TORONTO — Dalton Pompey, who opened the season as the Toronto Blue Jays’ starting centre fielder, has been sent from triple-A to double-A.

Pompey made the Blue Jays out of spring training, appearing in 23 MLB games and posting a .601 OPS. The 22-year-old Mississauga, Ont. native hit two home runs and flashed impressive defence, but looked overmatched at times and was optioned to triple-A after a month. In 23 games for the Buffalo Bisons, he batted .209 with a .547 OPS while battling some knee soreness.

GM Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that the Blue Jays have discussed ways of getting Pompey going again without reaching a consensus on a solution.

“He just hasn’t gotten it going yet,” Anthopoulos said. “I don’t know that there’s anything specifically. There’s not one thing we’re looking at, not one issue we’re looking at mechanically. Some guys just aren’t swinging well at a certain time. That’s all I have right now. Whether that continues we’ll re-evaluate that.”

“Just a lot of ideas right now, and sometimes you just need to let players play,” Anthopoulos continued.

The Bisons activated outfielder Caleb Gindl from the disabled list in a corresponding move.

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