Update on Jameson Taillon’s Rehab and His New Mechanical Changes

Jameson Taillon gave an update on Twitter yesterday about his throwing program, while also answering some fan questions about a mechanical change he made to his delivery. He had some earlier tweets from last week that help paint a bigger picture of the changes and rehab process.

Taillon did a video chat with Robbie Incmikoski and AT&T SportsNet last week, where he mentions the mechanical changes and what’s it like going through a second Tommy John surgery.

In that video he said his arm path got too long and he wasn’t using his legs in a proper way. The downtime from the injury allowed him to make those changes, which is something he wanted to do for some time, but he wouldn’t have been able to do in the middle of the season.

There was also a quick glimpse of Taillon’s new motion, along with an update on his throwing program in the tweet below.

That tweet mentions that he’s up to 55 throws, starting at 60 feet and progressing to 120 feet. It also notes that he throws three times a week. However, Taillon himself shared a new brief video yesterday and told everyone that he has now progressed to throwing four times a week.

Taillon took the time to answer some questions about his mechanics on Twitter yesterday


Taillon is still slated to start pitching in games next spring, even if this season starts up and runs later in the year. The plan now is to get him on the mound by mid-June, which will happen if he stays on track. He’s going to look different when he gets back on the mound.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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