Should Pirates fans be worried about a future injury to Taillon?
The big news around baseball today is that Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg will require Tommy John surgery, putting him on the sidelines for at least the next year. The Nationals took Strasburg with the first overall pick in the 2009 draft, and signed him to a MLB record $15.1 M contract, which included a record setting $7.5 M signing bonus. Strasburg was considered the consensus top prospect in the 2009 draft, although there were concerns over future injuries hurting his value.
Tommy John surgery isn't a career killer anymore. The recovery time is usually around a year, including rehab time, and more often than not the player returns to close to where he was prior to the injury. For reference, Nationals' starter Jordan Zimmerman had Tommy John surgery on August 10th last year, and made his return to the majors last night, a little over a year after his surgery. By all accounts I've seen, Zimmerm...
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