He came back from Tommy John surgery in 2014, and he came back from surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his testicle in 2017. After a second Tommy John surgery in August 2019, Taillon plans to come back again — and his teammates fully believe in him.
“We know that Jamo’s capable of coming back,” Trevor Williams was telling our Dejan Kovacevic in Anaheim, Calif., last year. “I’ve already got him penciled in to be our 2021 Comeback Player of the Year. It’s going to be a long, tough road ahead. He’s done it before. He’s more than capable of pulling himself out of this and coming back stronger.”
Now, as Taillon continues to throw and to inch closer to a 2021 return, his comeback is becoming more and more real. Nothing to this point says Taillon won't be back.
“Very encouraging news continues to come out of Pirate City in Florida in regards to Jameson Taillon," Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk told local reporters Wednesday during a Zoom video conference call. "He continues to look very good, working very diligently with our performance team, A.J. Patrick, Corey Cook and Justin Meccage, and things are progressing and coming along very nicely for Jameson.”
On the call, Tomczyk also issued the following updates:
• Chris Archer will miss the 2020 Major League Baseball season (if there is one) after undergoing surgery to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlets syndrome (TOS). Our full file on that injury is right here.
• "Clay Holmes and Steven Brault, they are on track for when the season begins. They will be healthy members to compete for spots on the club and for Derek [Shelton] and staff to utilize as part of the team.”
• “As we reported several weeks ago, Kevin Kramerdid have right hip surgery by Dr. [Marc Philippon] out in Vail, Colorado, on May 14. The early stages of the rehab are going well. He’s back at his residence in Arizona and is going to a physical therapy clinic that treats high-profile, elite professional athletes, so things are going very well for Kevin. We also anticipate a full recovery and return to full competition for the 2021 season.”