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Taillon waiting to see what’s next in rehab

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Jameson Taillon - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

CINCINNATI -- Jameson Taillon still has no clarity on whether he will need surgery.

On the injured list since May 2 with a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow, Taillon was examined Monday by Dr. David Altchek in New York. However, Altchek had no recommendation on what the next step should be in Taillon’s rehab.

“We’re still processing and gathering intel to ultimately make the best decision for Jameson,” Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday before the Pirates played the Reds at Great American Ball Park. “We’re assessing the options to whether we should continue with conservative care or the possibility of a surgical procedure. First and foremost, this is Jameson’s livelihood and we need to make the most informed decision we can.”

In other injury news:

Francisco Cervelli (concussion) has increased his catching activities but has yet to be cleared to play in games. He will be examined by team physicians Friday in Pittsburgh.

Gregory Polanco (strained left shoulder) has moved his rehab to the Pirates’ spring training base in Bradenton, Fla. He is expected to resume baseball activities in the next few days after Altchek ordered him not to throw or swing a bat for 10 days.

Steven Brault (strained left shoulder) remains on schedule to make a rehab start Thursday for Class AAA Indianapolis.

Clay Holmes (strained right triceps) will throw simulated batting practice Friday before the Pirates and Mets play at PNC Park.

Erik Gonzalez (fractured left clavicle/strained left hamstring) continues his rehab assignment at Indianapolis. His 20-day rehab window expires Monday.

Rookie Davis (strained right forearm) is on course to throw live batting practice later this week in Bradenton.

Nick Burdi (neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome) is now rehabbing in Bradenton. He had been home in Downer’s Grove, Ill., since undergoing surgery in June.

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