With that in mind, I decided to take a look at the injuries that have had the biggest impact on playoff races. First, a few parameters so you know where I’m coming from.
I’m only looking at in-season injuries, which means I’m staying away from guys who started the season on the DL, like David Price in Boston or Adrian Beltre in Texas. Colorado’s Ian Desmond isn’t here because he fits both of those categories.
The Pirates announced Saturday that starting pitcher Jameson Taillon will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with their Double-A affiliate in Altoona, Pa.
Taillon, 25, underwent surgery earlier this month for suspected testicular cancer. He was originally placed on the 10-day disabled list with groin discomfort before the abnormality was discovered.
Before the health scare, Taillon was 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA this season.
It is unknown at this time how many rehab starts with the Curve the 25-year-old will require before rejoining Pittsburgh’s rotation.
The good news is that, less than a month since his last MLB appearance, Taillon will be back on a professional baseball mound.
Every little step of good news is a relief in its own way, Taillon said earlier this week. Being out here, being around the guys, that’s the biggest relief. That’s my comfort zone.
And that’s understandable, considering the hundreds of hours he spent on the mechanical aspects of trying to become a quarterback in the NFL. His throwing motion with a baseball looks too similar to his throwing motion with a football, right down to the footwork.