Injury-Plagued Blue Jays Prospect Leaves Game After Two Pitches

With a bullpen that is getting destroyed at the major league level, the last thing the Toronto Blue Jays needed to hear is that their one-time top prospect Nate Pearson appears to be injured...yet again.

Pearson left his Triple-A start with Buffalo on Sunday with shoulder discomfort after throwing just two pitches. It's a scene that's all too familiar for Jays fans.  

Since joining the organization as a premier prospect in 2017, Pearson has suffered the following injuries and absences:

  • Broken arm (2018)
  • Flexor strain (2020)
  • Hernia, core-muscle injury (2021)
  • Mononucleosis, shoulder discomfort (2022)
Pearson, now 25, has managed to pitch just 33 big league innings since being the Jays' first-round selection in the 2017 MLB June Draft. 

At AAA this year, he's pitched just 7.2 innings since recovering from a bout of mono that sapped him of his strength for a couple of months. He had a 3.52 ERA and 10 strikeouts. His immediate future is now, once again, in limbo.

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