Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon to miss two months due to hernia surgery

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Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon will undergo surgery to repair an inguinal hernia, which is expected to keep him out of action for two months, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Taillon, 23, had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in April last year and had been in the process of returning from that. He was supposed to pitch for the Pirates Gulf Coast League team on June 23, but complained of abdominal pain. Despite the surgery, Taillon entered the season rated as the 26th-best prospect in the game by Baseball Prospectus, as well as 29th by Baseball America and 31st by MLB.com. He was the Pirates’ first round pick (second overall) in the 2010 draft.

Taillon hasn’t pitched in professional baseball since October 2013, when he made one appearance in the Arizona Fall League. It is quite possible that Taillon won’t do so again until 2016.

The inguinal hernia is the same injury Pirates starter A.J. Burnett dealt with in 2014 while with the Phillies, which greatly limited his effectiveness. He chose to pitch through the injury rather than have surgery during the season.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.