Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Nate Pearson is expected to miss some time after being hit with a line drive on Monday.
Pearson was making his first start for high-A Dunedin after recovering from an oblique injury. He was removed from the game having pitched 1.2 innings while giving up two earned runs on five hits.
The Blue Jays drafted Pearson 28th overall in last June’s MLB Draft, selecting the hard-throwing righty out of Central Florida Community College.
He started seven games for the low-A Vancouver Canadians last season, giving up just two earned runs in 19 innings while collecting 24 strikeouts.
The 21-year-old is capable of reaching 100 m.p.h. with his fastball and was named Toronto’s fourth-best prospect by Baseball America.
The Athletic’s John Lott reported that Pearson suffered a non-displaced fracture of the ulna, something which was later confirmed by the Blue Jays.
Team says that Pearson will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks. A broken forearm typically takes between three to six months to heal.