Blue Jays star rookie pitcher Nate Pearson sidelined with elbow injury

Blue Jays rookie right-hander Nate Pearson, considered one of the top prospects in baseball, has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow tightness.

Right-hander sports 6.61 earned-run average in 4 starts this season

Blue Jays' fireballer Nate Pearson will be out of action for at least 10 days with tightness in his right (throwing) elbow. The rookie has a 6.61 earned-run average across four starts this season. (Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed rookie right-hander Nate Pearson on the 10-day injured list with right elbow tightness.

Considered one of the top prospects in baseball, Pearson gave up five runs on four hits in four innings in his most recent start on Tuesday night in Baltimore.

It was the second straight early exit for Pearson, who lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his previous start against Miami on Aug. 12.

Pearson is 0-0 with a 6.61 earned-run average in four starts this season.

The Blue Jays recalled right-hander Jacob Waguespack from the taxi squad to take Pearson's spot on the roster.

"Last night, he let us know it was feeling tight. Kind of good news that he was feeling better this morning," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said before Toronto completed a three-game sweep of the Orioles on Wednesday. "But of course he's one of our big prospects so we're going to be careful with him."

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