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.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.