Blue Jays put Nate Pearson on injury list due to elbow strain

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In worrisome injury news, the Blue Jays have placed high hopes Nate Pearson on the 10-day injured list due to “strain” in his right elbow, manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters (Twitter link via Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet). Pearson, who alerted the Jays to some discomfort after leaving last night, is sent for testing but said he was feeling better this morning.Recognized as one of the top 10 prospects in the game earlier this year, Pearson’s first effort was excellent. The right-hander threw a power fastball and threw five shutout frames against the Nationals, hitting five batters along the way. Things have been tough since then, however, especially in his last two outings. Pearson produced a dozen earned runs with more walks (10) than strikeouts (9) in 11 1/3 frames – while serving five long balls. Pearson appeared to dodge his fastball last night, throwing it only 40 percent of the time after relying on it 53 percent in his first three outings.

The hope for the Jays and baseball fans in general, of course, is that Pearson is battling a minor illness and can quickly recover. He missed time as a hope, but never because of elbow or shoulder pain. (An intercostal strain and a fractured forearm previously took away his workload.) Boy Scouts seem to agree that Pearson, 23, carries some legitimate high-end talent, and he’s seen as a staple-to-come Jays club.

For the time being, Jacob Waguespack is at the top of the alternative workout site to take Pearson’s place on the list. Jays are also activated on the right Trent Thornton on the injured list to make a start in tomorrow’s double title. This pair gives the team some spin depth, and the Jays have also Sean Reid-Foley, TJ Zeuch, Thomas Pannone and Sam Gaviglio on their alternative site.

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