Jameson Taillon Hoping to Get in a Game Soon, Throws Live BP Tomorrow

Jameson Taillon is currently in the process of transitioning to a normal five-day schedule in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The Pirates were taking things slow with the right-hander’s rehab this spring, having him pitch just twice a week. He’s now doing his in-season lifting and conditioning routines, and getting closer to getting back on the mound in games.

“I’m hoping to get into a game soon, but obviously it’s been a while for me,” Taillon said. “I’m starting to get itchy.”

Taillon threw a bullpen on Monday in extended Spring Training. He is scheduled to throw a live batting practice tomorrow. After that, Special Assistant to the GM Jim Benedict, Minor League Pitching Coordinator Scott Mitchell, and all of the higher level guys will decide the next step in his rehab work.

The bullpen work has been different than what he was going through in Spring Training. He is now throwing 30-35 pitches, and can work on anything he feels might need extra work at the end of the session. That’s a change from Spring Training, when he was on a stricter pitch count, and limited at times with what he could throw. He is throwing all of his pitches in his live batting practice sessions, and is calling a few of his pitches, while trying to go through a few pitch sequences.

“Everything I’m doing right now is geared towards competing again,” Taillon said.

The last live batting practice was an extended inning that saw him go 25-30 pitches. Normally pitchers will go two innings, with a break in between, before they are ready to start throwing in live games. Taillon said that he’s not sure if that will be in the plans tomorrow.

The most important thing here is that Taillon says his arm is feeling good. He said his goal coming out of Spring Training was to shift from rehab mode to a more competitive mode, with the focus being on trusting his delivery and competing, rather than focusing on working on his mechanics. Taillon says the transition is going really well.

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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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BuccosFanStuckinMD

keeping fingers crossed….hope his experience is more in line with Matt Harvey and not Strasburg (who lost velocity post TJS)

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