Jameson Taillon to Get a Second Opinion on His Elbow on Monday

Jameson Taillon just told me that he will go for a second opinion on his right elbow on Monday. On Sunday, I reported that Taillon had some discomfort in his elbow, but that the MRI showed there was no ligament damage. He was seeking a second opinion, and was set to be shut down for two weeks before re-evaluating the injury.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles will give the second opinion. Dr. ElAttrache was profiled by Will Carroll in this article at Baseball Prospectus.

Taillon said that the plan is still to take two weeks off, then do another re-evaluation to see if he is ready.

“We’ll just listen to it, and whenever the elbow says it’s ready to go, we’ll ramp it up,” Taillon said.

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  • Ron Loreski

    No mention of Dr. James Andrews yet, so that’s a good sign.

    • https://www.facebook.com/steve.peipock Bonds Top Hand

      Unfortunately the guy he is going to see is an equivalent to James Andrew. He is on the west coast and is the head surgeon for the Dodgers. Works at a world renowned clinic. He also did Tom Brady’s knee. So this isn’t good news.

      • Doug

        Since there is no ligament damage, there shouldn’t be a reason to be overly-concerned.

      • https://profiles.google.com/108052838757004515293 Possum

        Yes, El Attrache is the second coming of Andrews. You would be surprised that he is a native of the Pittsburgh area coming from Mt. Pleasant, Pa. His dad was a gynecologist, his brother Dean is an endodonist in Myrtle Beach I believe, he had a practice in Mt. Pleasant and did a root canal on me a few years ago. I have no fear that Tallion is in great hands.

  • Macchamp74

    Unfortunately, I’m not optimistic on this….hope I’m very wrong.

    • Y2JGQ2

      Why is a second opinion on “no surgery is necessary” a reason to not be optimistic? If the ligament is fine, they probably are going to look at everything closer to see if anything else is wrong, causing the pain. They aren’t going to do tommy john on a ligament with no tears…..ever

      • leowalter

        A second opinion is a matter of course. Just like it should be for any of us with pain in any joint.

      • Mr. Goodkat

        The point of the second opinon is to see if there IS something there, that the first opinion did not see…
        And I’m sorry, but Taillon saying “It’s all good” when asked about the ligament does not necessarily mean the ligament is 100% (IMO). Even small tears can be reason to do TJ these days, rather than risking it linger or tear in the future.
        Bottom line is I hope that both he and the Pirates do what is best for his arm LONG TERM. There’s no reason for him to (potentially) pitch half a year in Pittsburgh if he isn’t 100%. If they think he needs it or likely will need it in the future, do it now.

  • skliesen

    Elbow problems in ST are always a reason to be concerned. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst Pirates fans.

  • Dom DiDominic

    Hey, if you are going to get a 2nd opinion, may as well be the best. Once cleared, a more detailed plan will be in place.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    Does not sound good….I’m not a doctor, but the fact that he wants a second opinion makes this seem more serious than he originally thought it was. We better not trade Glasnow, Kingham, etc for a mediocre first baseman now.

    • leowalter

      Why would you have wanted to trade either of those two to begin with ?

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD

        I wouldn’t, but that was the supposed asking price for Ike Davis for instance – supposedly they wanted Kingham in return.

  • smurph

    Quoting the late Rodney Dangerfield: I went to my doctor to get a physical. I said, “So how’s it look, Doc?” He said “you’re a fat slob.” I said “I’d like a second opinion.” So he said “Okay, you’re ugly too.”

  • Ian Rothermund

    Um, of course he’s going to get a second opinion. Why would he not? I feel like most people are having a disproportionate reaction to the news that’s been released so far.

  • https://profiles.google.com/108052838757004515293 Possum

    Thanks for the updated info on Dean. It has been quite awhile since I worked out with him maybe 6-7 years or so. Forgot just where he moved to.