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Charlie Morton | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Charlie Morton (hip) is expected to make another start at extended spring training before embarking on a minor league rehab assignment.
Morton underwent right hip surgery this offseason and is still fighting through some mechanical issues at the Pirates' spring training complex in Florida. He's going to need to get up near 90 pitches before the Bucs consider him an option for their rotation, so his 2015 debut is not on the horizon. We'll say late May at the earliest. Apr 20 - 10:42 AM

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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Charlie Morton (hip) took a "step forward" with his 55-pitch simulated game on Friday.

Morton is healthy, but the Pirates are having him work on his mechanics following last September's left hip surgery. The righty is shortening his arm action and focusing on keeping his weight over his right leg. "The delivery is syncing up to what we saw in ’13 and ’14 in some good stretches," Hurdle said. Morton will be stretched out to 90-100 pitches in a rehab assignment before returning, so he's still got a while.
Apr 19 - 10:35 AM

Charlie Morton (hip) will pitch in an extended spring training game this Saturday in Florida.

Morton made it through another bullpen session Wednesday without issue and is ready to face some live hitters. He'll be on a pitch count of 55 on Saturday. If the outing goes well, the next step for the right-hander could be a minor league rehab assignment. Morton is on his way back from offseason hip surgery and trending toward an early-May debut.
Apr 16 - 10:54 AM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday that Charlie Morton (hip) is "making some progress."

Morton has had trouble repeating his delivery as he works his way back from offseason hip surgery. The Pirates haven't decided what the right-hander's next step is, so it appears he's not going to rejoin the rotation anytime soon.
Apr 14 - 8:29 PM

Pirates placed RHP Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list with a hip injury.

Last September, Morton underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. He was hit hard on Saturday and was lifted after allowing just five runs in 1 2/3 innings. Clearly, he's not at 100%. The Pirates have not announced a timetable for his recovery.
Apr 4 - 5:01 PM

Charlie Morton had to be lifted after giving up five runs in 1 2/3 innings Saturday against the Phillies.

Morton probably wouldn't have gotten through the first if not for the pitcher grounding into a double play to end the frame. He hit two batters that inning and walked a total of five, also throwing two wild pitches. Perhaps he tried to come back too quickly from hip surgery, because something certainly wasn't right today. Barring a surprising reversal, he will be a part of the Pirates rotation. Still, NL-only leaguers might want to reserve him initially.
Apr 4 - 4:44 PM

Charlie Morton yielded three runs in six innings Saturday in a win over the Blue Jays.

Originally expected to begin the year on the DL following hip surgery, Morton instead recovered quickly enough to enjoy a normal spring. He hasn't been particularly effective, what with his 6.46 ERA, but he'll be a part of the Pittsburgh rotation, and he should be a solid NL-only starter.
Mar 28 - 4:34 PM

Charlie Morton was tagged for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Astros on Sunday.

Morton had his first bad day of the spring after posting a 1.80 ERA in his first two starts. His stuff isn't quite up to par yet following hip surgery, but he remains on schedule to open the season in the rotation.
Mar 22 - 4:51 PM

Charlie Morton pitched three innings and surrendered one run and two hits Wednesday in his start versus the Phillies.

Morton struck out none, but he got seven outs on the ground. Of course, it's those grounders that he's typically aiming for with his sinker. He's all set to open the season in the rotation following hip surgery last September.
Mar 11 - 4:23 PM

Charlie Morton, coming back from hip surgery, tossed two scoreless innings Thursday against the Yankees.

While there was some doubt a couple of months ago, Morton is going to be ready to open the season in the Pirates rotation, barring a setback. That means there will be just the one rotation spot available for Vance Worley or Jeff Locke.
Mar 5 - 4:54 PM

Charlie Morton (hip) continued to express optimism Friday on his ability to be ready for the start of the regular season.

The veteran right-hander is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. While the Pirates are playing things cautiously, he's on track and should be ready to take his first turn through the Pirates rotation once the season begins. He posted a 3.72 ERA and 126/57 K/BB ratio over 157 1/3 innings for the Buccos in 2014.
Feb 27 - 10:39 PM

Charlie Morton (hip) is up to 30-40 pitches in his bullpen sessions.

Morton had surgery last September to repair a torn labrum in his right hip and was given a 6-8 month timetable to return. It's no sure thing yet, but he expects to be in the rotation for the start of the season. The 31-year-old had a 3.72 ERA and 126/57 K/BB ratio across 157 1/3 innings last season.
Feb 18 - 9:12 AM

Charlie Morton said Friday that his rehab from hip surgery is going well and he expects to be ready by April.

It's not clear whether that means he'll be ready for Opening Day, but it sounds like there's at least a shot. Morton had surgery in September to repair a torn labrum in his right hip and was given a 6-8 month timetable to return, so it would be a pleasant surprise if he's indeed ready to go for the opener.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 03:38:00 PM

Pirates activated RHP Charlie Morton from the 60-day disabled list.

Morton underwent surgery in late September to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Even the most optimistic estimates have him sidelined until March, so it's unlikely that he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 10:05:00 AM

Charlie Morton will be sidelined for the next 6-8 months after undergoing surgery on Friday to repair the labrum in his right hip.

Morton had the same surgery on his other hip in October of 2011 and missed the first two weeks of the 2012 season, so his status for Opening Day next year is in doubt. The right-hander originally hurt the hip back in June but pitched through it for a while before finally going on the DL in mid-August. He returned for one start earlier this month before being shut down.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 05:13:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
2Jaff Decker
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jared Hughes
5Radhames Liz
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Rob Scahill
8Brandon Cumpton