BRADENTON, Fla. — Jameson Taillon is scheduled to throw two innings today in his spring debut against the Orioles.
Last season, Taillon threw a total of 165 2/3 innings over 28 starts for the Pirates and Triple-A Indianapolis. It was his first game action since 2013, when the right-hander tossed 147 1/3 innings over 26 starts. He missed 2014-15 recovering from injuries.
Management already has set a target for Taillon’s workload this year (although no one is willing to divulge what it is). It could change later in the season, depending upon the number of high-stress innings and injuries (if any) Taillon encounters along the way.
“Conversations will be held when it’s appropriate,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We don’t want to be caught off guard. There’s already a built-in model of what we believe (our pitchers) can do, based on what they’ve shown. The number is never written in pen, but we do try to gauge it, based on our model and the experience we have.”
Taillon’s innings count grew by 12 percent from 2013 to ’16. Allowing for the same rate of increase this year, he would clock in at 185 innings.
>>> Sunday’s game: Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota. Radio: 93.7 FM
Pirates: Phil Gosselin 4, Kevin Newman DH, Andrew McCutchen 9, Jason Rogers 5, Elias Diaz 2, Jose Osuna 3, Eric Wood 7, Austin Meadows 8, Alen Hanson 6. RHP Jameson Taillon.
Also pitching for Pirates: RHP Tyler Glasnow, RHP Drew Hutchison, RHP Jared Hughes, LHP Tyler Webb.
Orioles: Hyun-soo Kim 7, Adam Jones 8, Manny Machado 6, Chris Davis 3, Mark Trumbo DH, Seth Smith 9, Jonathan Schoop 4, Welington Castillo 2, Ryan Flaherty 5. LHP Wade Miley.
Also pitching for Orioles: RHP Joe Gunkel, LHP Chris Lee, RHP Jesus Liranzo, RHP Logan Verrett, RHP Richard Rodriguez.
>>> Gerrit Cole, who yesterday was named the opening day starter, will throw a two-inning simulated game today.
>>> From Saturday, a couple of minutes with newly minted right fielder (?!!?) Andrew McCutchen …
>>> Monday’s game: Pirates (RHP Chad Kuhl) at Blue Jays (RHP Marcus Stroman), 1:05 p.m., Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin. Webcast: pirates.com. Also pitching for Pirates: LHP Wade LeBlanc, RHP Nick Kingham, RHP Clay Holmes
>>> Tuesday’s game: Blue Jays (RHP Lucas Harrell) at Pirates (Ivan Nova), 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park, Bradenton. Webcast: pirates.com.
>>> UPDATE 12:17 p.m. I’ve had a few folks ask which games Root will televise this spring. Here ya go: March 6 (Yankees), 7 (Braves), 10 (Rays), 12 (Twins), 15 (Orioles), 17 (Orioles), 21 (Rays), 24 (Rays), 25 (Tigers), 27 (Twins), 28 (Red Sox) and 29 (Phillies). I’ll also list the TV/radio/webcast info for each day’s game here in the blog.
Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.