The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Jameson Taillon from the disabled list this afternoon. They optioned infielder Phil Gosselin to Indianapolis to make room on the active roster. Taillon has been scheduled to start tonight’s game for the last few days, so this move was expected. The Pirates will go with a shorter bench for the time being, with an extra man in the bullpen.
Taillon’s last start for the Pirates was back on May 3rd, before treatment for testicular cancer landed him on the disabled list. He has made three rehab starts since being put on the DL, one in Altoona and the last two in Indianapolis. More on Taillon’s return later tonight.
This was Gosselin’s second stint with the Pirates. He went 1-for-8 in five games this time, giving him a .135/.158/.162 slash line in 24 games. with Pittsburgh this season.+ posts
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.