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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Jameson Taillon aiming to throw off mound in January


By on 12/17/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates head into the off season after a successful 88-win season and an appearance in the National League Wild Card game. At 10th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and eighth in ERA, the Pirates have plenty to build on. One young player who could have an impact at some point next season is pitcher Jameson Taillon, who has made progress following surgery this past April and should be ready to throw off a mound in January.



I reported on November 4 that Taillon, a top prospect who many thought would make a push for a spot on the Pirates roster this past season, needed season ending surgery in April. He had Tommy John surgery on his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The good news is that he started a throwing program.

An update on Taillon, as reported by Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, is that Taillon will head for Texas this week to workout after spending the entire year in Bradenton, Florida. Rangers special assistant to general manager Jim Benedict, has been watching each throwing session. Taillon looks to rest over the next few weeks and starting throwing from a mound in January.

Taillon went 5-10 with a 3.73 ERA in 26 Minor League games in 2013. In 147 1/3 innings, he allowed 143 hits, walked 52 and struck out 143. The 21-year old from Lakeland, Florida, has a career Minor League record of 16-21 with a 3.72 ERA. 

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