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Charlie Morton | Starting Pitcher | #50

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Charlie Morton is "softly" in the starting rotation.
In other words, the job will be his to lose. Morton missed most of last year with a severe hamstring strain but has been throwing off a mound since November and will be ready in plenty of time for Opening Day. The right-hander holds a 4.54 ERA across 893 major league innings. Jan 21 - 6:23 PM

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Charlie Morton (hamstring) said at his introductory press conference with the Astros on Wednesday that he has already thrown six bullpen sessions.

Morton required season-ending surgery after tearing his left hamstring in late April, but he was able to land a two-year, $14 million contract with the Astros on Wednesday. "I'm where I would hope to be and expect to be," said Morton, who has already thrown three bullpen sessions of 50-plus pitches. The Astros are looking for the sinkerballer to hold down a spot in the back-end of their rotation.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 12:51:00 PM

Astros signed RHP Charlie Morton to a two-year, $14 million contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the terms involved. Morton threw just 17 1/3 innings with the Phillies this past season before requiring surgery for a severe hamstring strain. It's a bit surprising he was able to find a two-year deal, but the Astros were willing to go there to get the guy they wanted. The 33-year-old owns a 3.97 ERA (94 ERA+) in 111 starts dating back to the start of 2011, so he's capable of being a serviceable back-end starter if he gets back to full health.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 10:04:00 AM

Phillies declined their $9.5 million mutual option on RHP Charlie Morton.

Morton will get a $1 million buyout instead. The 32-year-old right-hander needed season-ending surgery in late April for a severe hamstring tear and finished the 2016 season with a 4.15 ERA in 17 1/3 innings. But he could be an attractive bargain-bin grab this winter among a weak free agent class.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 12:36:00 PM

Phillies transferred RHP Charlie Morton from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Jimmy Paredes, who was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Morton underwent season-ending surgery back in April to repair a severe hamstring tear.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 02:42:00 PM

Charlie Morton needs surgery for a torn hamstring and is done for the remainder of the season.

Brutal news for the 32-year-old right-hander, who was off to a promising start this season in Philadelphia. He tore his left hamstring Saturday while trying to beat out a bunt and will undergo surgery May 2. Adam Morgan is expected to take his spot in the starting rotation, though we'll likely see several different names there over the course of the summer.
Wed, Apr 27, 2016 12:24:00 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Tuesday that the MRI on Charlie Morton's strained left hamstring "wasn't as good as we were hoping."

In other words, it's more than just a moderate strain. Morton has already been placed on the disabled list and could miss more than a month. He will be reevaluated later this week. Adam Morgan is probably going to take his spot in the Phillies' rotation.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 04:16:00 PM

Phillies placed RHP Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Morton was injured while running to first base on Saturday. It's unfortunate timing, as he's looked great in the early going this season while showing an uptick in velocity. Brett Oberholtzer or Adam Morgan figure to take his spot in the Phillies' rotation.
Sun, Apr 24, 2016 10:54:00 AM

Charlie Morton left Saturday's game against the Brewers with a strained left hamstring.

Morton dropped down a sacrifice bunt in the first inning and fell down on his way to first base. He allowed three hits and one run with three strikeouts in his only inning of work. The injury could have been a lot worse but there's still a good chance Morton will wind up on the disabled list. Brett Oberholtzer came on to take his place in the second inning.
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 08:35:00 PM

Charlie Morton delivered six innings of one-run ball in the Phillies' extra-innings defeat of the Nationals on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Freddy Galvis walked it off with an RBI double against Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon in the bottom of the 10th. Morton struck out six and gave up only four hits, continuing the excellence he flashed last Tuesday versus the Padres. The right-hander will try to keep it all working next time out in Milwaukee. He had a really rough season debut and probably shouldn't be trusted yet as a streaming option in standard mixed fantasy leagues.
Sun, Apr 17, 2016 05:28:00 PM

Charlie Morton had his sinker working Tuesday, striking out seven over 6 2/3 shutout frames in a 3-0 win over the Padres.

Sure, it was against the Padres, but Morton was impressive in this one, pumping mid-90s sinkers all night and even getting some uncharacteristic strikeouts. He did walk four on the night, which kept him from getting through seven frames. Morton hasn't been even a league-average starter since 2014, so we'll need to see more before recommending him even in deep leagues. He'll face a stiffer test this weekend versus the Nationals.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 10:41:00 PM

Charlie Morton was charged with six runs in 3 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Reds.

Despite all the problems the Phillies had with their pen in the first two games, they were aggressive in pulling Morton in the fourth today. He had allowed one run through three, but then he gave up a three-run homer to Jay Bruce in the fourth, plus another walk and a single. He was lifted then, and both runners came around to score (plus three more) off Rule 5 reliever Daniel Stumpf. Morton ceased being interesting in fantasy leagues when the Pirates traded him to the Phillies.
Thu, Apr 7, 2016 04:03:00 PM

Charlie Morton gave up five runs in four innings Friday in a win over the Pirates.

Yeah, a win. Morton gave up two homers and walked three, but the Phillies were up 9-5 when he departed. Morton has an 8.53 ERA in two starts this spring. He ceased being of much interest for fantasy purposes when he was traded from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia.
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Phillies acquired RHP Charlie Morton from the Pirates for RHP David Whitehead.

Moving the 32-year-old clears around $8 million from the Pirates budget, which could be used to go after a free agent starting pitcher. He registered a 4.81 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 96/41 K/BB ratio over 129 innings in 23 starts with the Pirates in 2015. Given the state of the Phillies rotation, Morton should be locked into a spot near the front of the rotation.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 10:44:00 AM

Charlie Morton served up five runs in two-plus innings, losing the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

Morton allowed two runs in the first inning. In the third, he gave up a leadoff double, hit a batter, and walked a batter to load the bases before exiting. Reliever Bobby LaFromboise allowed all three inherited runners to score on Jason Heyward's grand slam. Overall, Morton gave up four hits and a walk while striking out one. He has a disappointing 4.81 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP and a 96/41 K/BB ratio over 129 innings.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 10:15:00 PM

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