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Jameson Taillon to Have Tommy John Surgery

The former Curve pitcher, and top Pirates' pitching prospect, is expected to be out at least a year as he recovers.
ALTOONA - Former Altoona Curve pitcher Jameson Taillon has elected to have Tommy John surgery, after finding out he has an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
 
Taillon, who is now in AAA-Indianapolis, was shut down at the end of spring training with the injury.
 
The Pirates’ top pitching prospect (and 2nd-rated prospect overall) is expected to miss at least a year as he recovers from surgery.
 
Altoona Curve manager Carlos Garcia, who also managed the team when Taillon was in Altoona, reacted to the news. 
 
“I don't feel so good about that news,” says Garcia.  “I definitely think he's a young kid with a great future in this game.  The only thing I can wish is the best in the surgery."
 
Curve pitcher Nick Kingham, who is close with Taillon, was told the news a few days ago.
 
"It's unreal,” says Kingham.  “It's terrible what happened.  But, he's going to come back from it.  He's going to be stronger from it.  I wish him nothing but the best.”
 
Taillon had an ERA of .364 in Altoona last season.  He got it down to .250 when he was promoted to AAA-Indianapolis at the end of the year.

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