The Athletic’s Rob Biertempfel reports that Pirates starter Jameson Taillon is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to repair his right flexor tendon. Thankfully, he will not need to also undergo Tommy John surgery.
The 27-year-old allowed 24 runs (17 earned) on 34 hits and eight walks with 30 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings spanning seven starts this season. It’s unfortunate for Taillon as he showed tremendous promise last year, posting a 3.20 ERA in 32 starts.
The recovery timetable for flexor tendon surgery is seven to nine months, which means Taillon may be able to rejoin the Pirates in May next year. He will be entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility.