Josh Harrison and Jameson Taillon Both Undergo Surgery Today

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that both Jameson Taillon and Josh Harrison had surgery today. The news hasn’t changed for Taillon, but Harrison is out a little longer than first expected.

Harrison had a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. The typical recovery time from such surgery is seven weeks, which would put Harrison out until the last week in August. He is hitting .279/.313/.384 in 75 games this season, but he had a .760 OPS over his last 25 games after a slow start. On a side note, today is his 28th birthday, so it wasn’t exactly the best way to celebrate.

Taillon had surgery to repair an inguinal hernia and his recovery time will be about eight weeks. That basically puts him out until the end of the minor league season. Taillon last pitched on June 18th, going five innings. He was set to make his debut in the GCL on June 23rd prior to the injury, but now this setback will require him to build his pitch count back up before returning.

  • Why do the players insist on head first slides? It allows the base to be blocked and I don’t think it gets the player there any sooner. As a team, the Pirates should refrain from allowing the players to slide in this manner.

  • Hypothetical….If AJ and Cole maintain their respective paces, who pitches the WC game? What if we have another game 5 situation? Will AJ be better equipped to step aside?

    • I think it’s a no brainer and if it falls right it will be Cole. A.J. has been great…but Cole is the ace. He is just more dominant.

  • Really frustrating and sad news for JayHay. Tough for a team on a roll and making a run up the division to lose a spark-plug like that from the lineup…but next man up.

  • So does this mean that when Josh is ready to come back there won’t be any place for him to play rehab games as all the minor leagues will be done for the year?

  • Terrible birthday present for josh, at least the surgery went well. Speedy recovery for both harrison and taillon.

  • piraterican21
    July 8, 2015 11:01 pm

    Any chance Tallion could go to The AFL?

  • Let’s hope both recover and continue to improve upon their success in the mlb/milb.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 8, 2015 9:41 pm

    Well, I have to eat crow – at least for tonight – Clayton Richard had a rough outing in relief tonight – I think he gave up 4 runs in 3+ innings….

    • Richard will have many more rough outings. At best, he is a mediocre pitcher – and one who has rarely pitched in relief during his 11 year pro career. If I had to bring a SP up from AAA, I would much rather have Liz than Richard.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 8, 2015 9:39 pm

    The Kang signing likely was the best Pirates off-season move…although Burnett has been pitching great…

    • Pedro 2 more errors tonight. Burnett has been a huge sign…to the point I would love to see them throw 9-10 mil his way and get him to come back for one more year…but he is pitching like a guy who is focused and wants to win a championship in his last chance.

      • I still can’t figure AJ out. Resurrects his career with the team, says he’ll resign or retire…leaves a contender for the 73-89 Phillies…then turns his back on $4 million to come back. I’m very grateful for the three seasons the Pirates have had him, but I’m convinced the man is half a bag of crazy…

        …but crazy ain’t always bad.

        • I think he and the Phillies were the only people who thought they would win last year. But it’s not like the Pirates were expected to be bad. It is strange. No one ever accused most athletes of being geniuses though. I’m just glad he’s back and he has a chance to be in the top 5 in the Cy Young vote in his last season and go deep in the playoffs. It’s an incredible end to a career if he does hang it up.

          • That would put the definition of “smart” as a guy who puts winning well above anything else on the list. While AJ said winning is key and he has plenty of money, ill never call a player dumb for cashing in on their talent. He suffered through a bad year and made a crap load for it.

            • I love how people defend players all of the time when I say something mildly derogatory about them. He put money above winning last year. So there is that. Unless he though the Phillies were better than the Pirates…while that is not necessarily dumb, it wasn’t the smartest decision…in hindsight or any other sight. Regardless, glad he came to his senses and came back. That was smart.

        • I don’t know if A.J. is a guy who cares about stats but from a historical perspective coming back has helped him accomplish some very big things: First, he was close to going under .500 for his career. No one wants to do that. Second, he so far has lowered his career era to under 4.00. That is huge in the eyes of history when people are judging your career. Third, he is almost certainly going to hit 2500 Ks, a massive milestone for a pitcher to hit. Also, baseball reference shows he has never been to an asg. Not sure if that is right but that has to be a huge thing for him if he never has. I think in the eyes of history A.J. has taken a nice step forward this year.

    • jamminjoe66
      July 8, 2015 10:52 pm

      Cervelli trade looks really good also, even though I have to admit I hated giving up Wilson’s arm to get him. The AJ signing probably cost 2 or 3 years of Volquez.

    • Liriano signing looking good as well

  • The Kang signing looking pretty good right now for sure. No one wants to see Pedro back over there…then again no one really wants to watch Pedro play 1B either.