Three weeks after having surgery for testicular cancer, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon returned to the mound. The 25-year-old was effective in his first outing since his recovery, giving up just one hit over three innings.
Taillon got the start for the Double-A Altoona Curve, and didn’t miss a beat. He tossed three scoreless innings, striking out six. Taillon was removed from the game after throwing 60 pitches. Prior to the start, he maxed out at 35 pitches during a bullpen session.
Following the appearance, Taillon said he felt good.
Taillon said everything felt good. He’ll go back to Pittsburgh tonight & throw a bullpen there Tuesday.
— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) May 28, 2017
It’s expected he’ll toss at least one more rehab start should things continue to progress.
Much was expected from Taillon as he entered his first full season in the majors. The former top prospect successfully debuted with the major-league club in 2016, and was expected to be a big part of the rotation in 2017. Prior to the surgery, he was fulfilling that promise. Through six starts this season, Taillon has a 3.31 ERA over 35 1/3 innings.
While Sunday’s start was encouraging, the Pirates have not announced a plan for Taillon moving forward. After his initial diagnosis, the team said they would update his status “as appropriate.”
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