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Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Begins rehab assignment
Pearson (illness) threw 30 pitches in a rehab appearance with Single-A Dunedin on Thursday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Pearson completed 1.2 innings and allowed one earned run on one hit and a walk while striking out one. He sat at 95 mph with his fastball and hit 97, which is down from the last two seasons. That's not a major reason for concern yet, as Pearson is ramping up after being sidelined for the entire season by mononucleosis. It's unclear how many more rehab appearances he may need, as he is projected to fill a long-relief role once activated.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Nearing rehab assignment
Pearson (illness) could begin a rehab assignment soon, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Pearson has been going through a full ramp-up program after being sidelined with mononucleosis during spring training. He pitched in an extended spring training game this week and continues to make progress towards returning in a bulk role.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Touches 96 mph in bullpen session
Pearson (illness) completed a 28-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
The Blue Jays noted that Pearson's fastball touched 96 miles per hour in the throwing session, only a couple ticks below his average velocity over his 12 appearances in the majors in 2021. Assuming Pearson felt fine physically following the side session, he should advance to facing hitters in live batting practice or in a simulated game later this week at the Blue Jays' extended spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Another bullpen session scheduled
Pearson (illness) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday at the Blue Jays' spring training complex, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.
Toronto has been building up Pearson slowly since he overcame a bout with mononucleosis in mid-April, as he has yet to advance to facing hitters despite having dealt with no setbacks in his throwing program over the past month. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca suggests that if Pearson's bullpen session goes well, he'll finally be cleared to throw live batting practice later this week. After that, Pearson could head out on a minor-league rehab assignment.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Another bullpen on tap
Pearson (illness) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in Dunedin on Friday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Pearson threw 26 pitches Tuesday, and he's scheduled for another throwing session at the Blue Jays' extended spring training site to close out the week. The right-hander was diagnosed with mononucleosis in early April but has made good progress since then. However, he'll still need to build up his pitch count before presumably beginning a rehab assignment in the lower minors.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Completes another bullpen session
Pearson (illness) tossed a 26-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
Pearson was able to mix in all of his pitches during the throwing session and said afterward that he felt good. The right-hander looks to be fully healthy again after he was diagnosed with mononucleosis in early April, but he'll still need more time to build up his pitch count. Pearson is expected to report to the Blue Jays' spring facility in Florida to continue his ramp-up program before eventually making his way to Triple-A Buffalo for a rehab assignment.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Slated to throw bullpen Tuesday
Pearson (illness) has joined the Blue Jays in Toronto and is slated to throw a bullpen session Monday, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
Pearson resumed throwing off a mound in mid-April, and he faced hitters last week. General manager Ross Atkins said the right-hander has been building up for a "bulky role" after missing the start of the regular season due to mononucleosis. Once Pearson is fully built up, he'll likely head to Triple-A Buffalo or serve as a multi-inning reliever in the majors.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Building up for bulk role
Pearson (illness) is preparing for a "bulky role" according to general manager Ross Atkins, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
Pearson is still building up to speed after missing the start of the season due to mononucleosis. He's scheduled for his second live batting practice session later this week. While he's seemingly still viewed as a starter long-term and could head to Triple-A Buffalo once healthy, the Blue Jays seem to view his best path to immediate major-league usefulness as coming in a multi-inning relief role.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Slated for another live BP
Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Pearson (illness) is slated to throw his second live batting practice session either Friday or Saturday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
After opening the season on the 10-day injured list following his diagnosis of mononucleosis, Pearson has shaken off the illness but is still in the process of regaining strength and conditioning. He took a significant step forward by facing hitters last Saturday, but the Blue Jays want Pearson to complete another live session this weekend before mapping out a minor-league rehab assignment for him. Toronto still plans on developing Pearson as a starter, and with a rotation spot with the big club unlikely to be open for him once he's fully ramped up, the 25-year-old seems likely to report to Triple-A Buffalo upon being activated from the IL.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Live BP on tap
Pearson (illness) will throw a live BP session Saturday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Pearson threw 36 pitches during a throwing session Tuesday, and he'll fave live hitters Saturday. The Blue Jays intend to use the right-hander in a multi-inning role once he's cleared to return, so he'll likely require more time to build up before returning to game action.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Bullpen session scheduled
Pearson (illness) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Pearson was always unlikely to break camp on the big-league roster, but a bout of mononucleosis late in spring training ruled him out entirely. He still has plenty of work to do to build up to a starter's workload, which remains the Blue Jays' plan for now even though he could help the major-league squad sooner in a bullpen role.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Close to mound work
The Blue Jays are hopeful Pearson (illness) will be ready to resume throwing off a mound this weekend or early next week, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Toronto is continuing to bring Pearson along slowly in his throwing progression after the hard-throwing righty recently battled mononucleosis. While advancing to mound work would represent a step forward for Pearson, he's still likely at least a week or more away from heading out on a minor-league rehab assignment. The Blue Jays are planning to have Pearson build up for starting duty, so he'll presumably require at least two rehab appearances or simulated games at lower-level affiliates before likely settling in the rotation at Triple-A Buffalo once he's formally reinstated from the 10-day injured list.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Increases throwing distance
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Pearson (illness) threw off flat ground from 90 feet Tuesday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Pearson isn't traveling with the Blue Jays and remains at the team's spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., but Montoyo relayed that all indications are that the hard-throwing righty is feeling much better while he works to overcome a recent bout of mononucleosis. The Blue Jays are intending to have Pearson build up for starting duty, so it could take a couple of weeks for him to advance far enough in his throwing progression to the point that he's ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Resumes light throwing
Manager Charlie Montoyo said Pearson (illness) will soon resume light throwing, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
After missing time with mononucleosis, Pearson won't have a quick buildup, but he is finally starting to feel better. There is no timetable for him to join the big-league bullpen, but his return to the active roster could happen later this month.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Slated to build up as starter
Pearson (illness) will be built up as a starter after he resumed throwing Saturday, Gregor Chisholm of the Toronto Star reports.
Pearson recently dealt with mononucleosis, and he's expected to require several weeks to build up before he's cleared to return to game action. The Blue Jays don't have a clear rotation spot available, so it's still possible that the team will ultimately utilize Pearson out of the bullpen once he's back in action.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Could resume activities soon
Pearson (illness) is "feeling much better" according to Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins and could resume baseball activities within days, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
The right-hander is recovering from mononucleosis and his last spring training appearance came March 26, so he will likely need time to get back in form again before seeing game action. It's not yet clear what the Jays plan to do with Pearson once he's healthy, but the 25-year-old has minor-league options remaining and the team is already facing a bullpen crunch when rosters shrink down in May, so an assignment to Triple-A Buffalo where he can get stretched back out as a starter seems the most probable course for Pearson once he's ready to begin his season.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Placed on injured list
Pearson (illness) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.
Pearson is battling mononucleosis and is expected to miss an extended period. He'll likely stretch out as a starter for Triple-A Buffalo once healthy, though his best path to the majors this season could be via the bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Out with mononucleosis
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Tuesday that Pearson (illness) has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and will be out "a while," Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Pearson was already on track to miss out on a spot in the Blue Jays' Opening Day bullpen after an unspecified ailment had kept him from working out with the team for the past few days, and he looks like he'll be sidelined for the first few weeks of the season now that he's received a diagnosis for his illness. The Blue Jays are expected to formally place Pearson on the injured list at some point before the weekend. Since Toronto had planned to have Pearson stretch out for starting duty in the spring, he could prepare for a rotation role with Triple-A Buffalo once he's cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Before he even resumes throwing, however, Pearson will turn his focus on resting up and attempting to shake off an illness that can often carry a volatile recovery timeline.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Won't make team
The Blue Jays informed Pearson (illness) on Monday that he won't be included on the Opening Day roster, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Pearson reported to camp prepared to compete for a starting role, though the bullpen always seemed to be his most realistic path to a roster spot after the Blue Jays added Kevin Gausman and Yusei Kikuchi in free agency to fill out their rotation. The 25-year-old appeared to be on track to win a relief role after he struck out six and allowed four baserunners in 4.1 innings between his first two Grapefruit League appearances, but he hadn't appeared since March 26 after succumbing to an illness. It's unclear whether the Blue Jays will stash Pearson on the 10-day injured list while he recovers from the ailment, or if he'll be optioned to Triple-A Buffalo as Toronto trims down its active roster to 28 men ahead of Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nate Pearson: Battling illness
Pearson won't appear in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers as scheduled after he experienced potential COVID-19 symptoms, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
Pearson reportedly tested negative for the virus, so assuming he shakes off his illness within a few days, he should be ready to go by Opening Day. Even if that's the case, Pearson might not find himself on the major-league roster. According to Matheson, Pearson has already been ruled out from winning a rotation spot, and it's unclear whether Toronto wants him in the big-league bullpen rather than continuing to build up as a starter at Triple-A Buffalo.... See More ... See Less
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