Over 700 days. That’s how long it’s been since New York Yankees pitcher Jameson Taillon appeared in an MLB game.
He battled testicular cancer. He underwent a second Tommy John surgery. He was stuck in the downtrodden Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
But on April 7, 2021, he made his debut for the Yankees after they traded for him in the offseason. It wasn’t electrifying by any means, but nobody expected that.
Fans just wanted to see him go out there, establish a rhythm, find his bearings, and get to work. And he did.
He touched 95 with his fastball. His off-speed stuff was on point. Two mistakes resulted in two solo homers, but that’s something the coaching staff can help him through.
Once again, Jame-o battled with those 74 pitches in four-plus innings, but he didn’t walk a batter and allowed just three hits. Those seven strikeouts look pretty good, too. That just shows his arsenal was further along than many may have thought. He retired the first nine batters of the game!