TORONTO – Jameson Taillon’s return to the Yankees rotation lasted just seven outs.
The right-hander came off his start against the Blue Jays in the third inning Tuesday at the Rogers Center after aggravating his previous right ankle injury. He had been on the disabled list with a partially torn tendon in his right ankle.
Taillon’s last pitch of the night was a 94.8 mph fastball to strike out Toronto receiver Danny Jansen. Taillon grimaced as he walked up the mound, then gestured to the Yankees bench and seemed to indicate that the ankle was the problem.
The ankle injury sent Taillon to the disabled list on September 7. He missed 19 team games before returning Tuesday, having made a couple of minor league rehab starts to prepare.
Injuries have been a recurring theme for the 29-year-old Taillon, who was once a first-round draft pick by the Pirates. Taillon missed most of 2019 and all of 2020 while recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in August 2019.
If Taillon cannot continue to pitch this season, a possible Yankees postseason rotation could include Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, Jordan Montgomery and Nestor Cortes.