Jameson Taillon spent countless hours over the past two years thinking about this moment.
On Wednesday, he finally got to live it.
Taillon was back on a major league mound for the first time in 23 months, making his first start since before his second Tommy John surgery in 2019.
“This is going to sound cheesy but I’ll never take a day in a big-league uniform for granted,” Taillon said after the Yankees’ 4-3 loss to the Orioles. “That’s for sure. I was super happy to be out there. It felt really good to compete.”
It was Taillon’s Yankees debut after the January trade that brought him to The Bronx from the Pirates. The right-hander lasted just 4 ²/₃ innings, but he was effective. He allowed three hits, two earned runs with seven strikeouts, two solo home runs and no walks. Taillon’s fastball was consistently 93-95 miles per hour and he mixed in a curve and a slider.
“I thought he threw the ball really well,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Obviously, this day was a long time coming for him. I’m sure there were all kinds of emotions being out on that mound again.”