Jameson Taillon to undergo Tommy John surgery
Pittsburgh Pirates top pitching prospect, Jameson Taillon, will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow to repair a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. The typical recovery time for this surgery is 12-18 months so Taillon will miss the entire season and possibly part of next season.
Taillon, 22, began feeling pain in his elbow with two weeks remaining in spring training. After two weeks of rest, Taillon again felt pain when he resumed throwing.
Dr. David Altchek, the medical director for the New York Mets and an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital For Special Surgery in New York City, will perform the surgery at a date to be determined.
Tommy John surgery is named after former pitcher Tommy John, who was the first pitcher to have the surgery in 1974. The procedure involves replacing the UCL with a tendon from another part of the body, usually the wrist or hamstring. Pirates starter Charlie Morton had the surgery in 2012.
“It’s very unfortunate for Jameson, but he’s a hard worker and he’ll have a good system support both with his family and our organization,” Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said.
Taillon was taken with the second overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. The Pirates gave him a $6.5 million signing bonus which was, at the time, a franchise record. Last year, Taillon was 5-10 with a 3.73 ERA to go along with 143 strikeouts in the minor leagues.
Taillon posted this to Twitter earlier today:
Jameson Taillon @JTaillon19
Thank you all for the well wishes and prayers. I’m really blessed to have so many people that genuinely care about me! Going to be stronger