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.