A day after being struck in the head by a Gabriel Ynoa fastball in a double-A game between the Binghamton Mets and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey tweeted his thanks to fans for their concerns and promised that he "will be OK."
Thanks everyone for your concern... I will be OK— Dalton Pompey (@DaltonPompey) June 23, 2015
The baseball struck Pompey on the back of his helmet as he was trying to turn and duck away from the errant fastball from Ynoa.
Video from the game showed that Pompey never fell out of conciousness and that he managed to get up and walk to first base under his own power; however the Fisher Cats training staff decided to take him out of the game as a precaution. New Hampshire ended up losing the game 5-2 to the B-Mets.
Unfortunately, being taken out meant that Pompey's 24-game hitting streak with the Fisher Cats (extending back to 2014) was interrupted. Let's hope, for his sake, that he doesn't get another 24 games in double-A to try to beat his own record. Pompey had been demoted two levels since beginning the season as the Toronto Blue Jays' starting centre fielder. Through 14 games and 62 plate appearances in New Hampshire, he is hitting .333/.387/.614 with four home runs. He hasn't walked much but his strikeout rates are largely in line with what we would expect. He was named the Eastern League's Player of the Week for June 8-14.