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Jameson Taillon open to urinating on his hand in an attempt to heal his cut finger

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Update (8:21 PM ET): Taillon has tweeted to clarify the issue.

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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.

Carlos Martínez to work out of Cardinals’ bullpen for rest of season

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When Cardinals starter Carlos Martínez returns from the disabled list, likely some time next week, he will pitch out of the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Martínez has been on the disabled list since late July with a strained right shoulder. The plan is still for Martínez to start in 2019 and beyond.

GM John Mozeliak said, “If you’re going to go down that starting path and you’re starting at ground zero, the likelihood of him being back would be sometime in mid-September. And we’ve done that twice this year and ended up in the same place after a few starts.”

Martínez, 26, has a 3.41 ERA and a 98/49 K/BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings across 18 starts this season. The Cardinals’ rotation currently features Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty, John Gant, Luke Weaver, and Austin Gomber.

The Cardinals entered play Monday 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot in the National League, so adding Martínez to the bullpen — or, subtracting him from the rotation, depending on how you look at it — could make a significant impact on the club’s playoff chances.