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Toronto Blue Jays place star SP Nate Pearson (elbow) on injured list

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Nate Pearson
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Nate Pearson is headed to the 10-day injured list with an elbow injury, just a few weeks after making his MLB debut.

Pearson, 23, made his MLB debut on July 29 and impressed everyone with some serious gas on his fastball. Unfortunately, he will now be shut down after experiencing some discomfort in his elbow in Tuesday’s start.

Latest news on Nate Pearson’s elbow injury

Making his fourth start of the season, Pearson took the mound against the Baltimore Orioles and wasn’t himself. The rookie struggled with his command all game, allowing three home runs, three walks and five earned runs in four innings.

After the game, he told reporters that he experienced a little discomfort in his right elbow during the start, and it seemed to have a direct impact on his command.

On Wednesday, the club officially placed him on the 10-day injured list. In a corresponding move, the team recalled right-handed pitcher Jacob Waguespack from their alternate site.

Any time a hard-throwing pitcher experiences discomfort in his pitching elbow, it’s a reason for concern. However, there is some reason to be optimistic about one of the most exciting, young pitchers in baseball.

Pearson’s average fastball velocity on Tuesday was 96.1 mph, according to FanGraphs. It’s the same speed he averaged in his MLB debut and there was no drop in velocity on his secondary pitches.

The Blue Jays will have him undergo further evaluation in the coming days, exercising caution with their future ace. Given he’s already feeling better, there’s a good chance he could resume throwing before long.

Coming into the season, Pearson was rated as the No. 9 overall prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline. With an 80-grade fastball and 60-grade slider on MLB’s 20-80 scouting scale, the right-handed pitcher’s future is bright as long as he stays healthy.