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...
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