Blue Jays right-handed prospect Nate Pearson placed on IL with elbow issue

BALTIMORE -- Toronto Blue Jays rookie right-hander Nate Pearson was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday after complaining of elbow tightness following his fourth big league start.

Selected in the first round of the 2017 draft, Pearson told the team about the injury after a poor outing against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. He gave up three homers, five runs and three walks in four-plus innings.

"The good news is that he was feeling better this morning, but of course he's one of our big prospects so we're going to have to be careful with him," manager Charlie Montoyo said Wednesday. "We'll run him through all the tests and see where he is."

Pearson took a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth against Baltimore needing three more outs to qualify for his first major league victory, but he was lifted after giving up a walk and a homer.

"During the outing he never said anything," Montoyo said. "If he would have said something, we would have taken him out. It was after the game."

Pearson, who turns 24 on Thursday, has a 6.61 ERA despite throwing five shutout innings against Washington in his major league debut.