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Dalton Pompey exits World Baseball Classic contest after stolen base injury

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Blue Jays’ outfielder Dalton Pompey was pulled from the eighth inning of the Canada-Columbia match on Saturday after injuring his face on a stolen base attempt.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Pompey reached base on a force out and stole second base while third baseman Eric Wood was up to bat against Team Columbia’s Yohan Pino. According to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Pompey dove headfirst into the base and appeared to hit his face against the ground. He was able to get up and resume his station in center field after being evaluated by the medical team and successfully passing an eye test, but was later pulled in the eighth inning after feeling mild dizziness.

While the injury doesn’t appear to threaten Pompey’s chances of suiting up for the Blue Jays next month, it could keep him sidelined from further play in the World Baseball Classic. Davidi noted that the outfielder is subject to concussion protocol implemented by Major League Baseball and will need to undergo a series of tests before he can be cleared to return to the field. This is the second concussion Pompey has sustained in the last nine months. He’s scheduled to undergo further testing on Sunday.

Cubs designate Brett Anderson for assignment

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The Cubs announced on Wednesday that pitcher Brett Anderson was activated from the 60-day disabled list and subsequently designated for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.

Anderson, 29, had been out since May 7 with a lower back strain. Across six starts prior to the injury, the lefty yielded 20 earned runs on 34 hits and 12 walks with 16 strikeouts in 22 innings. He has logged just 33 1/3 innings over the last two seasons and has crossed the 50-inning threshold just since dating back to 2011.

Despite his lengthy injury history, Anderson will likely still draw some interest once he becomes a free agent as he throws with his left hand and can be had for the major league minimum salary.

Dilson Herrera has season-ending surgery

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Reds infielder Dilson Herrera will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder. His season is over.

Herrera, you may recall, was acquired from the Mets in the Jay Bruce trade last year. He played in 49 games for the Mets, but spent all of last year and this year in the minors. In parts of seven minor league seasons he’s hit .295/.357/.461 with 67 homers and 87 stolen bases in 631 games.

Herrera, one time a top-5 prospect of the Mets, was expected to play in the bigs this year, but hasn’t. He was expected to challenge for the starting second base job for the Reds next year, but that’s obviously in doubt now. The worst part: he’ll be out of minor league options next year, so the Reds will be pressured to either put him on the big league roster fresh off an injury or else risk losing him via waivers, which I suspect he’d be unlikely to clear.