Pirates pitcher Taillon treated for suspected cancer
New York (AFP) – Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon underwent surgery on Monday to treat suspected testicular cancer, the team confirmed.
Taillon had been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a groin problem on Saturday before alerting the team’s medical staff to a possible abnormality.
The 25-year-old right-hander swiftly consulted with Dr John C. Lyne, who performed the surgery.
“Jameson has again proven to us what a strong person he is by the way in which he has reacted to this development. We are appreciative of Dr. Lyne and the staff at Allegheny General Hospital for their invaluable expertise and efforts in caring for Jameson,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement.
“We have told Jameson that our only priority is his health and wellbeing. His teammates, our coaches, baseball staff and entire organization will support him in his recovery in every possible way.”
In a statement on social media following the operation, Taillon said the surgery was another in a series of setbacks which had “added fuel to my burning fire and inspired me to be even better.”
“Today I lost a piece of my ‘manhood’, but I’m feeling like more of a man than I ever have,” Taillon said.
In his last outing this season, Taillon gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.