Maybe Jameson Taillon wasn’t ready.
Taillon left with an injury after 2 1/3 of solid innings against the Blue Jays at Rogers Center on Tuesday night.
The Yankees didn’t immediately say what was wrong with Taillon.
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Taillon appeared to again injure his right ankle which had put him on the injured list three weeks ago. Right-hander Mike King replaced him and did not give up a race.
Taillon, 29, pulled out Danny Jansen on holds to start the third set, then he rounded the mound and waved to the dugout. After a brief chat with coach and manager Aaron Boone, Taillon left the pitch and entered the dugout.
Taillon had been on the injured list since September 9. He entered Matchday 86 with a 4.41 ERA in 27 games. That leaves a hole for the Yankees on Sunday, who lined up Taillon to start the last game of their regular season. Instead, they might have to turn to an enclosure game.
Taillion had thrown a three innings outing at Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre during his rehab mission.
From the Yankees before Tuesday’s game:
AT A GLANCE: The Yankees continue their final road trip of the year with Game 1 of a three-game series in Toronto (through Thursday)… swept the Red Sox in a three-game series games this weekend at Fenway, their first three-game sweep in Boston since May 2015 … after their road trip, they will return home for their last homestand of the year with a three-game streak against Tampa Bay ( Fri-Sun). Won six straight games and 11 of their last 15 games (since September 11) after losing their previous seven (9 / 4-10)… 20 in their last 58G. Are 47-26 (.644) in their last 73 games (since 7/6), the Majors’ fourth-best record and AL’s second-best in that span, behind San Francisco (49-23, .681), Tampa Bay (48-23, .676) and Los Angeles-NL (47-24, .662). Are three games in their nine-game streak against AL East teams to end the regular season (3-0 so far). Have recorded 42 wins from behind this season, tied with San Francisco (42) for the third most Majors, behind only Boston (46) and Tampa Bay (46).
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