Jameson Taillon, a 25-year-old starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, underwent surgery for suspected testicular cancer Monday morning at the city’s Allegheny General Hospital, the team announced.
The Pirates placed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list Saturday after he had complained of groin discomfort. Following a consultation with the team’s medical staff upon discovering an abnormality, Taillon followed up with Dr. John C. Lyne, a Pittsburgh-based urologist, who performed the surgical procedure, per the team’s official statement. After Taillon undergoes further testing, the next step with regard to treatment will be determined.
Taillon was selected second overall by the Pirates in the 2010 amateur draft. He took to Twitter late Monday afternoon to relay word of his condition, detailing other setbacks he has experienced in his career and noting that all of them have “inspired me to become even better.”
“It’s a choice each of us makes every day in how we handle what comes in front of us, and Jameson continues to choose to take a higher road, to take a positive road, to take an upbeat road,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s very mindful of this being his journey. He decided long ago to own everything that happens. When you take ownership of every decision you make, of every act, circumstance that happens to you and work through it in a positive fashion, there’s no telling what can happen.”
Taillon is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA and 30 strikeouts across 35 1/3 innings in six starts. Last season, his first in the majors, he went 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 18 starts, striking out 85 over 104 innings.