Jameson Taillon was originally expected to start today in the Gulf Coast League, getting his first game in a box score since returning from Tommy John surgery. Instead, Clay Holmes got the start, with Taillon scratched. I reached out to Taillon, who said he is currently dealing with a lower ab strain, thus explaining why he isn’t starting today.
Taillon went five innings in extended Spring Training last week, and his five-day schedule would have lined him up to pitch today in the GCL. He told me last week that he expected to pitch in the GCL today, then move up to Bradenton for a few rehab starts, beginning on Sunday. No word yet on the timeline going forward or how long he will be out with this setback. I’ll update this article as I receive more information.
UPDATE 2:42 PM: The Pirates released the following statement.
“Jameson Taillon experienced lower abdominal discomfort after his last outing. He will be held out of game activity until further notice. We are in the evaluation process and will provide additional information as it becomes available.”
UPDATE 5:23 PM, by Nate Barnes: Caught up with Neal Huntington on the field during batting practice this afternoon.
“After his last outing he felt discomfort,” Huntington said. “We’re working through exactly how long and what the severity is. We’re working through the evaluation process.”
Huntington confirmed Taillon was scheduled for another outing, but not whether that outing was supposed to be with the GCL Pirates.
The Pirates sent out a release following Taillon’s last rehab outing Thursday saying he threw 74 pitches over five innings without issue. Huntington said today Taillon felt discomfort the next day and the soreness continued.