Jameson Taillon Set To Make Second Rehab Start


Jameson Taillon continues to inch closer and closer to returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting rotation

Jameson Taillon is continuing his remarkable fight back from testicular cancer. After making a rehab start for Double-A Altoona last Sunday, he will make his second rehab start today. This time, he will be pitching for Triple-A Indianapolis.

The fact Taillon is already pitching in games is remarkable. It took him less than a month to return to the hill after being diagnosed with and treated for testicular cancer.

In his first rehab start, he dominated in 6 innings of work. He allowed just 1 hit, 1 walk, and he struck out 6. He needed just 47 pitches to get through these 3 scoreless innings of work.

Jameson Taillon will take the ball for the Indianapolis Indians against the Gwinnett Braves tonight. If all goes well, it could potentially be his final rehab start before rejoining the Pirates.

Getting Jameson Taillon back in the mix will be a huge boost for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Despite sitting 6 games under .500 with a record of 24-30, the Pirates are just 4 games out of first place in the porous National League Central Division.

Jameson Taillon is one of the most promising young right-handed starting pitchers in all of Major League Baseball. It is great to see that this latest setback of his does not appear as if it will have a negative impact on his career long term, and it is even better to see that it will not have an impact like this on his health.

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As I said above, it is remarkable that Jameson Taillon is already pitching in rehab games. He has had to overcome adversity time and time again in his baseball career, with testicular cancer just being the latest challenge. Like all other challenges, Taillon has taken this one on and is passing it with flying colors.