Taillon battling elbow injury

BRADENTON, Fla. – Prized pitching prospect Jameson Taillon is battling elbow discomfort and will be shut down for a couple of weeks, so he won’t be ready for the start of the season at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Taillon has no ligament damage, Pirates general manager Neil Huntington told reporters Sunday in Sarasota, Fla., so for now the plan is to rest him and see how quickly he recovers.

Taillon, the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, pitched for the Curve in 2013 and went 4-7 with a 3.67 ERA.

“I’ve had an MRI, and the ligaments are all good,” Taillon told PiratesProspects.com. “There’s nothing there, which is really good news. I’m going to go get a second opinion, and we’ll go from there. The early word is just there’s a little inflammation and a bone there in my elbow. Nothing too, too serious.”

– Cory Giger