David Todd interviewed Jim Benedict today, who said that Jameson Taillon will pitch in game action for the first time on Thursday.

This is a big step in the rehab progression for Taillon, and moves him one step closer to a return to Indianapolis and eventually Pittsburgh. In addition, on the pregame of the Indianapolis Indians radio broadcast, Pirates assistant pitching instructor Tom Filer said that Taillon is right on schedule and has actually improved in getting the ball down during this rehab.

**John Holdzkom was sent to the DL in Indianapolis with some shoulder issues. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced on Monday that Holdzkom would be shut down for the time being with shoulder fatigue, so the DL trip should not come as a surprise.

The corresponding roster move for Holdzkom was adding Clayton Richard to the roster. Richard will start on Wednesday and take Chris Volstad’s spot in the rotation for Indianapolis.

**Charlie Leesman left last night’s Indianapolis start after experiencing tightness behind his shoulder.

**Justin Topa was originally slated to pitch in the Bradenton rotation to start the 2015 season. He went on the disabled list before his first start with an elbow injury. Last week, Topa had Tommy John surgery. It was the second surgery for Topa, who also had the procedure in college. The right-hander struggled last year with a 6.09 ERA in West Virginia, but had a good fastball that could touch the mid-90s.

Tim Williams contributed to this report.

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  1. I umpire youth baseball game after game I see kids pitching 5-6 innings at time. I think coaches should be forced to carry around a sheet to each game having either the umpire or opposing coach to sign it. If a kid pitches 70 pitches he should be removed and have to rest 72 hour anything under 48 hours rest. The coaches will do anything to coach the all stars including ruin a kids arm.

  2. I don’t care what anyone says – pitchers needing TJS – many at very young ages – is at epidemic proportions. Are these kids hurting themselves trying to throw breaking pitchers at too young of age or what? Something has changed dramatically in the past 10-12 years, that is a root cause of so many young pitchers having elbow issues.

    • Extended Spring Training. First game he has pitched, others were simulated games/bullpens/Pirates hitters

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