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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.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.