Jameson Taillon has been recovering from Tommy John surgery this year, after undergoing the procedure at the start of April. The typical timeline for recovery is four months of rest before a pitcher can resume throwing. Taillon resumed throwing about a month ago. Today he posted an update to Instagram, showing that he had moved his throwing to 75 feet.
I’ve mentioned before that Taillon could possibly be ready for the start of the season in 2015, and could be in the majors by mid-season. Each time I mention this, I get a response saying that there is no way Taillon will be able to help that soon.
Most Tommy John recoveries last about a year. We saw that with Charlie Morton, who had the surgery in June 2012, and returned in June 2013. Morton did have some struggles with his command coming back, but by August he was looking good. Morton actually started his rehab in mid-April, which was about ten months after the surgery.
A similar timeline for Taillon puts his rehab work right around the start of Spring Training. And then if you give him four months to be totally back (getting over any rust or command issues), that puts him into June. If he’s pitching well with Indianapolis at that point, then I don’t see why he wouldn’t be an option for the majors.
All of this assumes Taillon’s rehab will continue to go well, and he won’t suffer any setbacks. So far, things are looking good.