Pirates Active Jameson Taillon From The Disabled List

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The Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting rotation will get much, much better at 7:05 this evening

Jameson Taillon has officially been activated from the disabled list and is all set to return for the Pittsburgh Pirates this evening. The 25-year old right-handed starting pitcher has not made a start since May 3rd against the Cincinnati Reds.

Most know Jameson Taillon’s remarkable story by now. He was originally placed on the disabled list due to groin discomfort. However, it would come to be known that he had a form of testicular cancer.

Less than three weeks after having a surgical procedure to treat his cancer, Jameson Taillon was pitching in minor league rehab games. Now exactly six weeks to the day of his procedure, he is set to return to the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

To make room for Taillon on the 25-man roster, the Pirates optioned utility infielder Phil Gosselin to Triple-A Indianapolis. Gosselin has been terrible for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season.

In 38 plate appearances for the Pirates, Phil Gosselin owns a .143 wOBA and a wRC+ of -17. Thanks in part to his horrible defense, his fWAR this season is -0.6. He also has struck out at a 21.1 percent rate, while drawing walking at just a 2.6 percent rate.

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Jameson Taillon’s journey continues to be one that defies the odds. From Tommy John Surgery, to hernia issues, to battling cancer, Taillon just continues to overcome the odds. After his latest, and most challenging, hurdle he is ready to take the ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight.

Due to the competitor that he is, Pirate fans should expect Jameson Taillon to turn in a strong start tonight. It will not be an easy go of it though, as he faces the high powered Colorado Rockie offense. First pitch from PNC Park is scheduled for 7:05 PM.