MLB pitcher responds after viral comments about teammates urinating on his hand


Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon got a lot of attention, and rightfully so, for his recent comments suggesting he’d be open to letting his teammates urinate on his hand.

Now, Taillon wants to set the record straight.

Of course, his original comments didn’t come out of the blue, as Taillon was forced to leave Friday’s start after just three innings due to a cut he suffered on the middle finger of his pitching hand.

Wanting to get back on the mound as soon as possible, Taillon told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he’d be willing to try anything to get the cut to heal, including allowing his teammates to pee on the injured hand.

“I said if it helps, I’ll put a sign-up sheet and everyone can come and pee,” he said Sunday. “I don’t care. I just want it to go away.”

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“I’m not scared, man. I just need to be out on the field,” he added.

One day later, likely in response to all the headlines claiming he was open to letting his teammates urinate on his injury, Taillon took to Twitter to “clarify” his remarks.

“Gotta clarify this whole pee on hand thing. People offer up their remedy opinions,” he wrote. “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!”

In a follow-up tweet, Taillon jokingly asked if the unusual remedy would actually work.

“But for real.. does it work? Asking for a friend,” he wrote.

Though it is certainly unconventional, peeing on an injured hand is not unheard of among pitchers.

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In 2016, Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill, who was dealing with a blister, admitted that he had tried the remedy.

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“You pee on it,” Hill said, according to USA Today. “You might as well try it, right? I was desperate to do anything at that time. I wanted to super glue it back. … It’s a cloud, because when the blister happened, I was so frustrated.”

For now, though, Taillon is probably best served waiting for the cut on his finger to heal. In order for that to happen faster, he wore a silver nitrate sleeve on his injured finger.

Taillon’s next start was supposed to be on Wednesday, but general manager Neal Huntington said the team would rather he take his time to heal and miss one start now then rush back to the mound and run the risk of further injury.

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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