Bucs Lose Another to Injury, Taillon goes on 10-day IL

Pirates Ace Jameson Taillon becomes the latest Pirate to be bit by the injury bug.

Noah Hiles
May 04, 2019 - 6:43 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – In a young season that has already been filled with injuries the Pirates announced perhaps the most devastating injury news of the season earlier today, placing starting pitcher Jameson Taillon on the 10-day IL with a right elbow flexor strain.

While Taillon is just on the 10-day IL for now, his time table for complete recovery is expected to take much longer. Pirates Director of Sports Medicine Todd Tomczyk spoke to the media on Saturday saying the club plans for Taillon to do no throwing activities at all for the next four weeks and then re-examine him from there.

Tomczyk said that the MRI showed that Taillon’s UCL, which was repaired earlier in his career through Tommy John surgery, is still intact. However, to be safe the Pirates ace will be receiving a second opinion from Dr. David Altchek, the man who performed his Tommy John surgery, later this week.

“It’s kind of like your starting Quarterback getting hurt,” Manager Clint Hurdle said when asked about Taillon’s injury. Hurdle then provided some optimism on the situation saying, “(Taillon) has history of working through adversity. He’s gone through what he’s gone through emotionally.”

Taillon told reporters that he started to feel discomfort in his elbow as early as spring training this season. At first the Pirates starter claimed that it was something he felt he was able to deal with until recently when it began to effect his pitch selection and ability to fully recover for his next start.

“Having had surgery on this part of my arm I wasn’t sure what was wear and tear and what was a problem,” said Taillon. “I was just pitching with it and managing it until I realized that it was something different.”

Taillon is expected to remain with the team while he begins to rebab his injury. Although he cannot help the Pirates on the mound, the right hander says he still hopes to do what he can to continue assisting the pitching staff.

“I’ll do anything I can,” said Taillon. “I want to compete in the weight room and training room. I’m going to try and stay involved with the pitchers by watching their bullpen work. I hope I can provide value by helping in the scouting meetings, taking notes during bullpen or watching from down under and doing starting reviews with the guys.”

In his seven starts this season, Taillon has a record of 2-3 with an earned run average of 4.10. To fill Taillon’s spot, the Pirates selected the contract of left-handed relief pitcher Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Indianapolis. Lyons, who signed a minor league deal with Pittsburgh this spring, has a 3.18 ERA in 10 appearances with Indy.