Update (8:21 PM ET): Taillon has tweeted to clarify the issue.
Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Pirates starter Jameson Taillon is open to urinating on the cut on his finger in an attempt to heal it faster and get back to the mound. That’s interesting. The right-hander lasted only three innings in his most recent start against the Giants due to the cut.
While the idea seems strange, Taillon would be far from the only player to do it. Dodgers starter Rich Hill urinated on his hand in an attempt to heal his blisters two seasons ago. Former major leaguers Moises Alou and Jorge Posada both admitted to urinating on their hands in order to toughen up the skin since neither wore batting gloves. The Tribune-Review also notes that Julian Tavarez did it during spring training in 2003.
Taillon said, “I said if it helps, I’ll put a sign-up sheet and everyone can come and pee.” Taillon added, “I don’t care. I just want it to go away.”
So, uh, stay tuned. Someone might leak more details about Taillon’s healing process. Otherwise, they might whiz right by us. Taillon will certainly be relieved once the cut goes away, that’s for sure.
PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.
The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.
The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.
Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.
Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.
In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.
Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.
With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.