Pompey was diagnosed with a concussion Friday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. Pompey suffered the injury when he hit his head on some bats in his locker Thursday. It's difficult to guess how long a concussion will keep any player out, but Pompey has had concussions in his past, so the Blue Jays are likely to take a careful approach.
Pompey was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Phillies due to an apparent head injury, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. Pompey is being evaluated after bumping his head on some bats that were sitting on top of his locker. The outfielder has a history of concussion problems, so the Blue Jays figure to proceed cautiously with him.
Pompey went 2-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored Wednesday against the Phillies. Operating as the leadoff man, Pompey led the charge for the Blue Jays, plating a team-high three runs while collecting his first two doubles of the spring. The 26-year-old, who is vying for a spot on the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder, is now 6-for-19 (.316) with a homer and a stolen base through six Grapefruit League games.
Pompey started in center field in Sunday's 9-8 exhibition loss to the Orioles and went 2-for-3 with a home run and stolen base. Pompey has been included in both of the Blue Jays' first two lineups of the Grapefruit League slate. The outfielder is out of minor-league options and hasn't received more than 400 plate appearances in any of the past three seasons while contending with a variety of injuries, giving the Blue Jays some extra incentive to take a long look at him this spring. Even if Pompey performs well enough to earn a spot on Toronto's Opening Day roster, the switch-hitting 26-year-old will most likely be in line for a reserve gig.
Pompey, suspended by the Blue Jays last week for violating an undisclosed team policy, was added back to Triple-A Buffalo's roster Sunday, The Buffalo News reports. Pompey was reportedly suspended because of a heated argument with Bisons manager Bobby Meacham last weekend. Between injuries and disappointing performances, Pompey has gone from a potential regular into the Toronto lineup into a guy just trying to keep his baseball career afloat. Still, he's only 25 and has a well-rounded skill set when healthy, as evidenced by him going .345 (10-for-29) with two RBI, two stolen bases and five walks in the 10 games before his suspension. There's a few ways for Pompey to get another fair shot with the rebuilding Blue Jays -- not screaming at your manager would be one of them.