By Jason Shetler
With all the negativity surrounding the Pirates this season, there is great news to be had, as the club has announced that Jameson Taillon will be pitching on Sunday for the Altoona Curve, this after having surgery for testicular cancer just three weeks ago.
After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014 and a hernia procedure in 2015, Taillon finally was called up to the Pirates last year,and had a terrific rookie season, as he posted a 3.38 ERA and a 123 ERA+ in 18 starts.
Taillon had picked up where he left off this season, posting a 3.31 ERA, along with an ERA+ of 131. He was originally placed on the 10-day disabled list the first week of May with a groin issue, but tests revealed that he was dealing with testicular cancer. From everything that Taillon has endured these last few years, it’s hard to find someone else in baseball who is as mentally strong as he is.