Jameson Taillon To Undergo Surgery Next Week

Jameson Taillon has recently been sidelined with a lower ab strain. Today the Pirates announced that he will undergo surgery late next week to repair an inguinal hernia. The surgery will be performed by Dr. George Eid of the Allegheny Health Network. The timeline for his return to competition is about two months.

Obviously at this point, you can expect Taillon to miss the rest of the season, in terms of pitching in Pittsburgh. Two months would put him out until early September, although the Pirates did say “return to competition” so that could mean he would be through the rehab build up process by then. However, that timeline would mean he’d basically skip over Triple-A and go right to the majors, with very little competitive experience this year. My guess is that he won’t help this year, and will be an option for the rotation next year, after spending some time in Indianapolis.

This is tough news for Taillon, who looked great mechanically after returning from Tommy John surgery. The Pirates have a good rotation, so they won’t miss him as much. They also have Adrian Sampson in Triple-A, who becomes the top prospect in line for a call up if the Pirates need a starter.

  • This sucks…but, hopefully, he back to where he was and we see him in the rotation next season.

    With Richard now gone…and not a fan of that move considering the struggles of Locke…looks like Sampson is the depth this season barring a trade.

    • Darkstone42
      July 4, 2015 1:56 am

      They didn’t have a lot of a choice on the Richard move. He had an out clause, and someone claimed him, and there was no place to put him on the 25 man. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Cubs took him just to fill the spot in their rotation in a way which would hurt us.

  • Wow. This is an eye opener of the real difficulty of making it to the majors. This is one of our can’t miss guys who is going to be middle aged as a prospect by the time he throws his first heater at PNC. I say bring Glasnow now and make it happen. Don’t wait for the other shoe to drop. If you can play at the major league level to hell with rushing it as a pitcher. The arm, the body and the psyche are way to fragile. See Cardinals baseball. Time to reevaluate strategy.

    • Glasnow just made it back to Altoona. Even then, he still has things to work on.

  • A very tough blow to our depth and, certainly, to JT himself. Shows the attrition rate for pitchers. It is what it is though…now I wonder if we won’t see a pitching addition at the deadline.

    Unrelated…Antonio Bastardo is god awful. That’s it.

  • Will this mean we will see JT pitching in the Arizona Fall League? He needs some innings

    • I doubt that move will be made, unless a Pirate coach is going to manage him. But why are they waiting until late next week to do minor surgery? Even with that, he could be throwing in AAA late in August and be available for a September callup. Lord knows the rehab has been performed slowly enough, so it is not like he will be rushing anything. He will still have to get time at AAA to start next year, but that could be mutually beneficial.

  • It certainly seems our pre-season depth of SP has taken some serious steps backward.

  • Matthew Tutino
    July 3, 2015 7:17 pm

    I had inguinal hernia surgery this year and was cleared for the gym a week after the surgery. It’s a very minor outpatient procedure.

    • Darkstone42
      July 3, 2015 7:38 pm

      Rehabbing from one for pitching, including getting stretched back out could very well take that 7-week difference.

  • “The Pirates have a good rotation, so they won’t miss him as much.”…In the words of the 80’s television game show “Press Your Luck” …No Whammies!

  • Starting to doubt JT will ever wear a Pirate uniform….Hope I’m wrong. Machado sure would look nice at 3rdbase.

  • Baseball is a game of attrition of pitcher’s arms.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 3, 2015 5:49 pm

    And the beat goes on…he may be 24 before he makes his MLB debut – sometime in 2016. So much for a nice upgrade to the rotation the second half, without having to trade anyone.