Report: Pirates P Taillon to undergo elbow surgery

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon is tentatively expected to undergo surgery to repair his elbow flexor tendon in the next few weeks, according to The Athletic.

His recovery should be seven to nine months, and doctors believe he can avoid Tommy John ligament reconstruction surgery, per the report. That procedure would keep him out all of next season.

The Pirates placed Taillon on the injured list in early May for what was described as a right elbow flexor strain. He had experienced discomfort during spring training, and symptoms recently resurfaced early in his rehab program after a period of rest.

Taillon, 27, compiled a 2-3 record with a 4.10 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings over seven starts in 2019.

Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, has spent all four of his major league seasons with the Pirates, posting a 29-24 record and 3.67 ERA in 82 starts. He went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA in 2018.

--Field Level Media