Ross Atkins speaks about Nate Pearson, Julian Merryweather, Alejandro Kirk and more!

Bad news on the Nate Pearson front, as Ross Atkins mentioned today to media that the Blue Jays’ No. 1 prospect suffered what he called a “mild re-aggravation” of his groin while working to get back up to speed. It’s looking more and more likely that Pearson will begin the season on the Injured List.

Seeing Pearson suffer a setback is unfortunate, but I think we all knew that he wasn’t going to be ready for the start of the season as soon as he got injured in the first place. The Blue Jays have been extremely protective of Pearson’s arm by limiting his innings over the years and there was no way they were going to do anything close to the realm of rushing him to be ready for opening day.
It seems as though Ross Stripling is the most likely candidate to replace Pearson in the rotation, which right now consists of Hyun Jin Ryu, Robbie Ray, Tanner Roark, and Steven Matz, but Atkins specifically raved about T.J. Zeuch, who topped out at 95.9 miles-per-hour on Monday. Atkins said that the team is encouraged from what they’ve seen from Zeuch thus far (he was also …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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