The past week has seen the Pittsburgh Pirates organization get hit by the injury bug. Fortunately, most of the injuries aren't major or long-term issues. Unfortunately, three of the top four prospects in the system will start the minor league season in extended Spring Training. Here is the rundown:
**Jameson Taillon Sidelined With “A Little Bit of Elbow Discomfort”. He will take two weeks off and then it should take him two weeks to get built up for the season. He could end up missing the first month in Indianapolis.
**Tyler Glasnow to Miss the Start of the Regular Season. He's got a tight lower back, but he's expected to throw a sim game on Monday. That could put him on track to only miss the first two weeks of the season in Bradenton.
**Austin Meadows Expected to Miss the Start of the West Virginia Season. He's been recovering with a hamstring injury, and will probably spend the first few weeks in extended Spring Training before going to West Virginia.
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