The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that both Jameson Taillon and Josh Harrison had surgery today. The news hasn’t changed for Taillon, but Harrison is out a little longer than first expected.
Harrison had a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. The typical recovery time from such surgery is seven weeks, which would put Harrison out until the last week in August. He is hitting .279/.313/.384 in 75 games this season, but he had a .760 OPS over his last 25 games after a slow start. On a side note, today is his 28th birthday, so it wasn’t exactly the best way to celebrate.
Taillon had surgery to repair an inguinal hernia and his recovery time will be about eight weeks. That basically puts him out until the end of the minor league season. Taillon last pitched on June 18th, going five innings. He was set to make his debut in the GCL on June 23rd prior to the injury, but now this setback will require him to build his pitch count back up before returning.