Pirates place SP Jameson Taillon on IL with flexor strain

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May 1, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (50) delivers during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

As the Pittsburgh Pirates slip further down the standings, things might be getting even worse for the club for the foreseeable future.

Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon landed on the 10-day injured list Saturday due to a flexor strain in his right elbow

The prognosis: The lack of certainty about the severity of the injury leaves Taillon without a firm timetable for a return to the mound.

  • The Philadelphia Phillies placed relief pitcher David Robertson on the IL with a flexor strain on April 15 and he has yet to return to the mound for a rehab assignment.
  • If the strain is minor and he avoids setbacks, the ideal timetable is a return to pitching in a few weeks.
  • However, any potential setback or a more severe strain could lead to Taillon missing more than a month of action.

The Impact: For a team that has won just two of its last 10 games, this is another tough blow and further depletes the rotation.

Pittsburgh has yet to name who will take Taillon’s spot in its rotation. The Pirates are already without Chris Archer and further blows to the club’s pitching depth could have significant impacts now and across the remainder of the season.