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Charlie Morton | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Friday that Charlie Morton (sports hernia) didn't feel any improvement during his rehab start Thursday.
The Pirates haven't officially revealed what the next step is for the right-hander, but obviously he won't be rejoining the rotation anytime soon. Morton had been hoping to delay sports hernia surgery until the offseason, but it's possible that he'll now go ahead and have the procedure. Aug 29 - 4:45 PM

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Charlie Morton (sports hernia) struck out six while allowing two runs over four innings in his first rehab start with Double-A Altoona on Thursday.

Morton could be ready to rejoin the Pirates' rotation next week, though the club hasn't made anything official. He's been on the shelf since mid-August with a sports hernia.
Aug 29 - 8:23 AM

Charlie Morton (hip) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Altoona on Thursday.

Morton was cleared for game action after throwing a couple bullpen sessions with no issues. He'll throw five innings and/or 75 pitches for Altoona on Thursday. It's not clear how many rehab starts the sinkerballer will need, but he should be ready to rejoin the Pirates' rotation pretty soon.
Aug 25 - 9:25 PM

Charlie Morton's injury designation has been changed from right hip inflammation to a sports hernia.

It's a more serious injury, but Morton said he hopes to return later this season. Surgery is a possibility, but the right-hander is hoping to delay it until the offseason. Morton pitched with the injury for a while before finally being placed on the DL over the weekend.
Aug 20 - 3:33 PM

Pirates placed RHP Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 16, with right hip inflammation.

It's not clear how long the hip has been bothering Morton, but it could help to explain why he's been knocked around for five runs in each of his last two outings. Morton had hip surgery in 2011, but that was on his left hip. He should be OK to return at the beginning of September, but the Pirates can afford to proceed cautiously with him since the rest of the rotation is pitching so well. Gerrit Cole (lat) will be activated from the DL on Wednesday to take Morton's rotation spot.
Aug 17 - 12:50 PM

Charlie Morton was tagged for five runs over three innings in a loss to the Nationals on Friday.

It was his shortest start of the season. Morton gave up three runs in the very first inning and never recovered. He struck out three and walked three in the loss and has allowed at least four runs in four out of his last five starts. His ERA now sits at 3.84 for the year, which is the highest it has been since May 1. Those in mixed leagues might want to leave him inactive until he gets back on track.
Aug 15 - 11:34 PM

Charlie Morton allowed five runs over five innings in a loss to the Padres on Sunday.

Morton held the Padres to five hits, but one of those was a bases-loaded triple by Seth Smith in the fifth inning. Morton walked one and struck out five. The loss was Morton's 11th of the year, and he still hasn't won a game since July 2. The right-hander will carry a 3.62 ERA into Friday's meeting with the Nationals in the nation's capital.
Aug 10 - 4:59 PM

Charlie Morton held the Marlins to one run over seven innings on Tuesday, but was the unfortunate recipient of a no-decision.

Unfortunately for Morton, the Pirates' bullpen tossed his hope of achieving his sixth win out the window. The right-hander yielded six hits and four walks while striking out four. Morton has a 3.43 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a 112/51 K/BB ratio this season, which he'll look to improve upon when he takes on the Padres -- no easy task since the second half began -- on Sunday at home.
Aug 5 - 10:20 PM

Charlie Morton allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings in Wednesday's no-decision against the Giants.

Morton has now failed to turn in a quality start in three of his last four starts, a bad trend for a guy who will never have much fantasy value for his strikeout ability. Morton walked three batters while striking out two. The right-hander owns a 3.54 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 22 starts, and he'll match up with the Marlins on Tuesday.
Jul 30 - 7:13 PM

Charlie Morton allowed four runs over six-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Rockies.

Morton held the Rockies to just one run before he unraveled to begin the seventh inning. He struck out three and walked one in the loss and now sits at 5-10 with a 3.40 ERA and 106/44 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings of work this season. He'll attempt to turn the page next week in another road start, this time against the Giants.
Jul 26 - 1:00 AM

Charlie Morton limited the Cardinals to one hit over seven innings in a no-decision Monday.

Morton must have known he wouldn't get much support matched up against Adam Wainwright, and he's used to it anyway; the Pirates have scored one or no runs in five of his 18 starts. That's why Morton is just 5-9 with his 3.10 ERA.
Jul 8 - 12:23 AM

Charlie Morton improved to 5-9, allowing one run over six innings as the Pirates defeated the D'Backs 5-1 on Wednesday.

Morton has now tossed quality starts in four out of his last five outings. The right-hander allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out five in the effort. The D'Backs didn't mount much of a threat against him. Morton now has a 3.30 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and an 89/38 K/BB ratio. He'll look to continue pitching well in his next start on the road against the Cardinals.
Jul 2 - 10:33 PM

Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 11 but took a loss versus the Rays Wednesday, allowing three runs -- two earned -- over seven innings.

Morton was great after the first inning, but he was touched up for three runs on three hits in that frame and that was enough. It was the first double-digit strikeout game of the sinkerballer's career, and he lowered his ERA to 3.41 in the tough-luck loss. Morton will take on the D'Backs at home the next time out.
Jun 25 - 4:00 PM

Charlie Morton allowed six runs over six innings Friday in a loss to the Cubs.

Morton was touched up for eight hits (including two home runs) and allowed a pair of walks while notching six strikeouts. Friday's outing ended a string of five straight starts with two earned runs or fewer allowed. Now the owner of a 3.47 ERA over 15 starts, Morton should have a good chance to bounce back next week against the struggling Rays.
Jun 20 - 7:16 PM

Charlie Morton pitched seven innings of one-run ball and struck out seven in a victory over the Cubs on Monday.

Morton's luck is evening out some after his 0-6 start, with three victories in his last four starts. Really, though, he's been pretty solid throughout, and while one could hold it against him that he's allowed 10 unearned runs, we choose to hold it more against the mediocre infield defense behind him. He should last as a decent fifth or sixth starter in mixed leagues.
Jun 9 - 11:42 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
2Brent Morel
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Travis Snider
2Jose Tabata
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel