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Cancer confirmed for Pirates pitcher Taillon

© GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File | Jameson Taillon of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 3, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio

NEW YORK (AFP) - 

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon is fighting testicular cancer, according to medical tests, the Major League Baseball club's trainer said Wednesday.

Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said tissue removed from the 25-year-old right-handed starter in May 8 surgery has been analyzed and confirmed his condition.

Taillon, who played for Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, will be re-evaluated next week before decisions are made on the next course of treatment.

Taillon, who discovered his condition on May 6 after being placed on the disabled list, is 2-1 with a 3.31 earned-run average in six starts this season.

Doctors said he could resume light drills on Wednesday.

Since being selected with the second overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft, Taillon is 7-5 with a 3.36 earned-run average in 24 major league appearances.

The Pirates also announced the signing of 18-year-old Chinese pitcher Gong Hai-Cheng. The Shanghai right-hander is the first pitcher and only the second player to sign with a major league team from development centres in China.

© 2017 AFP