Pirates’ Jameson Taillon to start mere weeks after cancer surgery

Jameson Taillon

The Pittsburgh Pirates will get an inspiring figure back on the bump for Monday. Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon will take to the mound just five weeks after undergoing surgery to treat testicular cancer.

The 25-year-old starter was placed on the 10-day disabled list back in early May after complaining of groin discomfort. Immediately after that, he underwent surgery to treat what was suspected to be (and later confirmed to be) testicular cancer.

It’s definitely a tremendous sign for the young starting pitcher. It also goes to show us that a seemingly life-altering diagnosis can be met with equally stunning resolve.

Taillon was pitching to a 2-1 record with a 3.31 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in six starts before being shelved.

Interestingly enough, the pitcher’s next start on Monday will come five weeks to the day after he had surgery. Good for him.