Taillon battling sore elbow

Right-hander Jameson Taillon, the Pirates' top pitching prospect is battling elbow discomfort and will be shut down for a couple of weeks, so he won't be ready for the start of the season at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Taillon has no ligament damage, Pirates general manager Neil Huntington told reporters Sunday in Sarasota, Fla., so for now the plan is to rest him and see how quickly he recovers.

Taillon, the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, pitched for the Curve in 2013 and went 4-7 with a 3.67 ERA.

"I've had an MRI, and the ligaments are all good," Taillon said. "There's nothing there, which is really good news. I'm going to go get a second opinion, and we'll go from there. The early word is just there's a little inflammation and a bone there in my elbow. Nothing too, too serious."

Taillon will seek a second opinion this week. In a text message, Taillon said he was not certain which doctor he'll see for the second examination.

Indianapolis will open its season April 3 at Columbus.

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