Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Williams Moves into Starting Rotation

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Williams Moves into Starting Rotation

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When Jameson Taillon landed on the 10-day disabled list with groin discomfort, Trevor Williams slid into his place in the starting rotation, thrusting the 25-year-old right-hander into a position to which he might not seem fully accustomed. He has appeared in six games this season, all out of the bullpen, and hasn't had an outing in which he went more than four innings or threw more than 69 pitches.

Manager Clint Hurdle, though, is intrigued and even excited about seeing how Williams fares Monday against the Dodgers, his first start of the 2017 season.

"He started almost all his career; the hesitation part is him going to the bullpen and trying to figure that out," Hurdle said. "This is more of what he's always done. There's going to be a comfort and commitment from his body that it's already acclimated to. Last year, he started all season, pitch totals up over 100. He's pushing things. Now, it's just getting him stretched out a little bit again. It's not a big deal at all; as a matter of fact, it's one we're looking forward to exploring with him."

Williams made one start at the major league level last season, giving up five hits and three earned runs in a win in September against the Cincinnati Reds. But he made 19 starts for Class AAA Indianapolis in 2016, posting an ERA of 2.53 and a WHIP of 1.205.


Taillon, one of the franchise's most prized pitchers, told team coaches and management he felt some pain after his most recent start, a 7-2 loss Wednesday to the Reds in which he gave up six earned runs in five innings. The groin discomfort, fortunately for the Pirates, is unrelated to a hernia surgery he underwent in 2015.

"As we put him through an evaluation, it became obvious he wasn't going to be able to make his start on Monday," general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday. "With the 10-day disabled list, it became obvious to go ahead and put him on the disabled list and keep the pitching staff strong and stretched out. …

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