Many Pirates fans are hopeful that Jameson Taillon will once again return to a PNC Park pitching mound, but that has already happened this month.
Taillon is back in Pittsburgh, and is continuing his rehab from Tommy John surgery from the Pirates' home ballpark.
"Right now, I feel healthy. I feel more healthy than I’ve felt in 4-5 years," Taillon said during a recent Zoom call. "The ball is flying out of my hand."
Taillon has been through this process before in 2014 and 2015 while recovering from his first Tommy John surgery. It is normally a very lonely process, but this time has been a bit of an exception.
"Selfishly, it’s been really nice to have guys around me," Taillon said. "Usually when you’re rehabbing you’re on an island by yourself, but I’ve been working with [Steven] Brault and Clay Holmes. I’ve been around [Joe] Musgrove up here. Chad Kuhl came and watched my ‘pen. It’s been really cool to have all the guys around."
He is going to spend more time at PNC Park and around the guys during his rehab, too. On Monday, the Pirates announced Taillon will be the 40th member of their Pittsburgh camp for spring training 2.0.
While he will not pitch in the majors in 2020, it will allow Taillon to continue to work with Major-League coaches and trainers for potentially the next three weeks. Players will report to camp on July 1, and camp will officially open July 3. The Pirates' first game will be either July 23 or 24.