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Jameson Taillon’s pathology report came back positive for testicular cancer

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Last week, Pirates starter Jameson Taillon underwent surgery for suspected testicular cancer. Those suspicions were correct, as Taillon’s pathology report came back positive for cancer,’s Adam Berry reports.

Taillon will be reevaluated next week, but he has already been cleared for light baseball activities. There is still no timetable for Taillon’s return to game action.

Taillon, 25, put up a 3.31 ERA with a 30/13 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings over six starts before getting sidelined.

Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.