At the start of the week, Jameson Taillon received his second opinion on his injured right elbow. After the opinion the Pirates and Taillon were quiet as the Pirates decided the next step. Today we learned that Taillon will have Tommy John surgery.
Taillon was expected to arrive in Pittsburgh this year by mid-season, with the hope that he'd do his best Gerrit Cole impression and look like an ace by the end of the 2014 season. Now that he won't be with the team, the Pirates will need someone else to step up and take his innings.
The team has a lot of depth, which I outlined after Taillon's surgery was announced. They have a lot of guys who project as legit MLB starting pitchers, although none come with the same upside that Taillon has.
Obviously the best thing for the Pirates would be for as many pitchers to stay healthy as possible. But injuries are unavoidable, so the only thing the Pirates can hope for is that the injuries don't go to the extremes that were seen last year.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.