Jameson Taillon isn't worried about pitching in his hometown of Houston next week. He simply wants to pitch again.
As it stands now, the Pirates' ace has seen his return from a right elbow flexor tendon strain stall, and it could be 10 days to two weeks until he starts throwing again.
"I wish I felt a little better than I do," Taillon said after the Pirates' 8-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday at PNC Park.
Taillon has been running and working out with the other pitchers. He said he's doing weighted-ball exercises and pushups, even gripping a baseball, but none of that is a substitute for something as simple as playing catch.
Saturday marked six weeks from the day it was announced Taillon would miss at least four weeks with the injury, for which Taillon received a platelet-rich plasma injection, another thing that has lengthened this process.
The whole thing has been beyond frustrating for Taillon, who had hoped to be working his way back into the rotation by now.
"It’s so different pitching," Taillon said. "I can sit there and do a movement that puts stress on it, and I won’t feel great. But it’s different pitching. There’s no way to replicate it. You don’t know until you throw. I’m just keeping an open mind until I pick up a ball and get going."
At some point on next week’s road trip, Taillon said he anticipates throwing a ball. From there, it would be all about listening to his arm and progressing as his body allows.