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.

Dee Gordon placed on injured list due to quad strain

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The Mariners announced on Tuesday that second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left quad. Infielder Tim Lopes was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and pitcher Parker Markel was designated for assignment.

Gordon, 31, apparently suffered the injury diving back into first base during Monday’s game against the Rangers. The speedster is batting .280/.306/.367 with 14 extra-base hits, 27 RBI, 26 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 284 plate appearances.

Lopes, 25, will provide infield depth for the Mariners while Gordon is on the mend. At Tacoma, Lopes hit .302/.362/.480 with 10 home runs, 60 RBI, 58 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 403 PA.

Gordon’s injury comes at a bad time for the Mariners with the July 31 trade deadline on the horizon. He is under contract for 2020 at $13.5 million and has a 2021 club option worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout. A contending team might have traded for Gordon. Now the Mariners will have to wait until the offseason to explore that possibility.