Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon was pulled from his start against the Giants on Friday after three excellent innings because of a serious cut on his middle finger, which was likely the result of his thumbnail digging into his finger when he threw curveballs. Taillon was bleeding on the ball to point that he had to leave, though he was hopeful after the 11-2 win that he wouldn’t have to miss any starts.
He is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday against the White Sox, and he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he’s determined to pitch this week. So determined in fact that he’s willing to have his teammates piss his mangled finger back to full strength. “I said if it helps, I’ll put a sign-up sheet and everyone can come and pee,” he said. “I don’t care. I just want it to go away.”
Taillon added, “If it helps, I would do it. I’m not scared, man. I just need to be out on the field.”
The Tribune-Review’s report also included an anecdote about former Pirates pitcher Julian Tavarez peeing on his own hand, and Moises Alou and Jorge Posada also swore by pee as a blister alleviation salve, so at least Taillon would be part of a baseball tradition of sorts.