Pirates place Jameson Taillon on 10-day injured list

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Right-hander Jameson Taillon has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow flexor strain, the Pirates announced Saturday. In corresponding moves, outfielder Pablo Reyes was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis and infielder/outfielder Kevin Newman was reinstated from the IL after rehabbing a laceration on his right middle finger. The club also selected the contract of left-handed reliever Tylor Lyons, though they have yet to clear a spot for him on the 40-man roster.

Although the Pirates haven’t determined the extent of Taillon’s injury or revealed a timetable for his return, it’s certainly distressing news for the righty. (After the team announcement, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette added that Taillon may be kept off the mound for four weeks or longer.) He underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2014, but has remained relatively injury-free in the years following the procedure. It’s not clear exactly when he sustained the flexor strain or how long he’s been pitching through it, if at all.

So far in 2019, the 27-year-old starter is 2-3 in seven starts with a 4.10 ERA, 1.9 BB/9, and 7.2 SO/9 through 37 1/3 innings. He’s coming off of a banner year with Pittsburgh in 2018, one that saw a career-best 3.20 ERA, 3.46 FIP, and 3.8 fWAR through 32 starts and 191 innings for the team. A rotation replacement for Taillon has not been formally announced.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.