Taillon back after 3rd elbow surgery: I'll never take a day in MLB for granted


New York Yankees right-hander Jameson Taillon returned to the mound Wednesday to make his first start in the majors since May 2019.

Taillon, who's undergone three elbow procedures during his career, including Tommy John surgery twice, struck out seven while allowing two earned runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Baltimore Orioles.

"I'm extremely grateful," Taillon said postgame, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. "That game ran a little long, and I had plenty of time to get my thoughts. It's going to sound cheesy, but I'll never take a day in a big-league uniform for granted, that's for sure. I was super happy to be out there; it felt really good to compete."

Taillon also worked his way back from a testicular cancer diagnosis in 2017.

The Yankees acquired the 29-year-old in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in late January.

Despite all the injuries and sickness, Taillon owns a career 3.67 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP in 83 starts over five seasons in the big leagues.

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