Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon

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This Pirates Pitcher Would Go To Ex-'Stream' Lengths To Not Miss His Next Start

"If it helps I would do it, I'm not scared man. I just need to be out on the field."

May 15, 2018 - 9:55 am
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Jameson Taillon lasted just three innings and was forced to leave the game with an injury to his middle finger. He's so adamant to not miss his next start that he's willing to revert to a very odd way of toughening up his hands. 

"I said if it helps I'll put a sign-up sheet and everyone can come and pee. I don't care. I just want it to go away. 

"If it helps I would do it, I'm not scared man. I just need to be out on the field."

He's willing to do what pitchers like Rich Hill and Julian Tavarez (who pitched two seasons in St. Louis) admitted to doing in the past – urinating on his hands to toughen up his skin. And hitters who are famous for never wearing batting gloves, like Jorge Posada and Moises Alou, also have said they peed on their own hands to keep their hands from blistering. 

Taillon got a cut on his finger and it was affecting his grip. 

In his third MLB season, Taillon is 2-3 with a 4.08 ERA. He took to Twitter to clarify what he meant, saying "I jokingly said if peeing on it gets me on the field where I belong, I’ll put up a signup sheet. Not my thing, promise!"

So maybe he won't have teammates like David Freese and company help him out – or maybe he would: