Jameson Taillon has recently been sidelined with a lower ab strain. Today the Pirates announced that he will undergo surgery late next week to repair an inguinal hernia. The surgery will be performed by Dr. George Eid of the Allegheny Health Network. The timeline for his return to competition is about two months.
Obviously at this point, you can expect Taillon to miss the rest of the season, in terms of pitching in Pittsburgh. Two months would put him out until early September, although the Pirates did say “return to competition” so that could mean he would be through the rehab build up process by then. However, that timeline would mean he’d basically skip over Triple-A and go right to the majors, with very little competitive experience this year. My guess is that he won’t help this year, and will be an option for the rotation next year, after spending some time in Indianapolis.
This is tough news for Taillon, who looked great mechanically after returning from Tommy John surgery. The Pirates have a good rotation, so they won’t miss him as much. They also have Adrian Sampson in Triple-A, who becomes the top prospect in line for a call up if the Pirates need a starter.