By Kevin Glew
Canadian Baseball Network
The Toronto Blue Jays have called Mississauga, Ont., native Dalton Pompey as part of a series of roster moves announced on Friday.
Pompey, who has batted a combined .286 with five stolen bases in 14 games with class-A Dunedin and triple-A Buffalo this season, has not appeared in a regular season contest for the Blue Jays since October 1, 2016.
Last season, Pompey was limited to just 13 minor league contests after he was sidelined for nearly two months after taking a knee to his head when sliding into second base in Canada’s second game in the World Baseball Classic. Shortly after he returned in July, he sustained a knee injury that would keep him out for the rest of the season.
Pompey's longest big league tenure came with the Blue Jays in 2015 when he batted .223 with five stolen bases in 34 games and was a key pinch-runner during the club's postseason run.
The Mississauga, Ont., native is set to become the eighth Canadian to appear in a major league game this season and the third to be promoted in the past 15 days, joining Maple Ridge, B.C., native Tyler O'Neill, who debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals on April 19 and Calgary native Mike Soroka who earned a win in his first big league start on Wednesday.