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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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Charlie Morton allowed four runs -- two earned -- over seven innings in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.
Morton was largely solid, as the Brewers' biggest offensive outburst came on a two-run throwing error by Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez. He gave up six hits and three walks while striking out three in the outing. The loss was his first of the season, and he'll take a 3.32 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into a rematch with the Brewers next weekend. Apr 13 - 4:32 PM

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Charlie Morton allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Cubs on Tuesday.

After six scoreless innings in his first start, Morton was victimized largely by Starlin Castro in Tuesday's game. Castro hit a three-run homer in the third inning before launching a solo shot in the sixth, accounting for four of Morton's five runs allowed. He did strike out five while walking only one. Morton will try to get back to his stingy ways Sunday at the Brewers.
Apr 8 - 11:51 PM

Charlie Morton tossed six scoreless innings and struck out six in his start versus the Cubs on Wednesday.

The Pirates said after the game that Morton came out a little early because of a sore thumb on his glove hand, the result of fielding a liner. X-rays were negative, and he doesn't figure to miss any time. Morton should get a ton of grounders with his sinker, and if he's a decent strikeout pitcher, too, then he has legitimate All-Star potential. He allowed four hits tonight, all of them singles, and he walked one.
Apr 3 - 1:33 AM

Charlie Morton allowed just one hit over three innings in a win over the Phillies on Friday.

It's the end of a fantastic spring for Morton, who allowed just one run over 11 innings. The 30-year-old will be an important member of the Pirates' rotation if they're going to make a return trip to the postseason in 2014.
Mar 28 - 10:06 PM

Charlie Morton retired nine of the 10 hitters he faced Tuesday in the Pirates' 5-2 win over the Tigers.

Morton allowed just a Don Kelly double in three scoreless innings. He should be a decent NL-only pitcher this year with his ability to get grounders.
Mar 4 - 4:16 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Pirates and starting pitcher Charlie Morton have agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract extension.

The extension covers Morton's final year of salary arbitration and his first two years of free agency. Morton, who recently turned 30 years old, missed time over the last two seasons due to surgery on his labrum as well as his elbow. The Pirates are banking on the performance they saw from the right-hander after he returned from his rehab in June 2013. He registered a promising 3.26 ERA in 116 innings over 20 starts.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 01:20:00 PM

Pittsburgh will tender a contract to Charlie Morton.

It's a no-brainer call for the Pirates. Morton had a cool 3.26 ERA in 116 innings this year while earning a salary of $2 million. He'll get a bump in pay in 2014.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 01:03:00 PM

Charlie Morton limited the Cardinals to two runs over 5 2/3 innings but took a loss in Monday's NLDS Game 4.

Morton was a little wild, walking four, but he allowed just three hits, struck out four and got 11 outs on the ground. Unfortunately for the sinkerballer, one of the hits he gave up was a sixth-inning blast to Matt Holliday that proved to be the difference. Morton should get another start in the NLCS if the Pirates advance.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 06:25:00 PM

Charlie Morton gave up three runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Reds on Saturday.

Morton was very shaky, giving up five hits while matching a season-high with five walks. He was pulled after loading the bases in the fifth inning and failed to qualify for the victory. Still, there's no denying that Morton has been a pleasant surprise for the Pirates this season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. He'll finish the regular season with a 3.26 ERA and 85/36 K/BB ratio over 116 innings.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 04:37:00 PM

Charlie Morton blanked the Cubs for seven innings in a no-decision Monday,

Morton left with a 1-0 lead, but that was blown by Mark Melancon in the eighth. It was Morton's eighth quality start in his last 10 appearances. He'd have a spot in the postseason rotation locked up even if not for Jeff Locke's spectacular decline.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 11:18:00 PM

Charlie Morton received a no-decision despite tossing a gem Wednesday, holding the Padres to one run over eight frames in the Pirates' loss.

Morton walked three but surrendered just two base hits and struck out nine. He handed the baton to Mark Melancon, who allowed two two-out runs to cross the plate to blow the save. Morton was just OK in his first start since his foot injury, but tonight's showing makes it clear that he should be fine down the stretch. He should be in fantasy lineups next week in Chicago.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 09:55:00 PM

Charlie Morton pitched decently in a no-decision against the Cubs on Friday, surrendering three runs on four hits over his five innings of work.

Morton walked a pair and punched out five, needing 93 pitches to get through his five frames. The big blow against him was a two-run homer by Brian Bogusevic in the fourth inning. He’ll carry a 3.54 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 68/27 K/BB ratio into Wednesday’s start against the Padres, where he’ll again search for his eighth victory of the season.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 10:27:00 PM

Charlie Morton (foot) expects to start this Friday.

Morton was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his left foot after making an early exit from his start Sunday against the Cardinals. If he's not feeling well enough, the Pirates will likely go with Brandon Cumpton. Neither pitcher is a good fantasy option right now.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 05:01:00 PM

Charlie Morton is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Morton has had plantar fasciitis issues in the past, and it flared up on him during Sunday's start, forcing him from the game. He'll throw a bullpen session Wednesday and hopes to pitch through the malady. "Of course he wants to give it a try," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "Everybody wants to keep going at this point of the season. But he won't really know how he feels until he gets on the mound and tests it."
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 09:22:00 PM

Charlie Morton (left foot) hopes to rejoin the Pirates on Tuesday and throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Morton was examined by the club on Monday, but no update on his status was offered. Morton left Sunday's start against the Cardinals because of the malady, but not before allowing five runs on six hits and two walks over 1 2/3 frames.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 05:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Travis Ishikawa
2Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
2Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Pedro Alvarez
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Jose Tabata
2Travis Snider
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Wandy Rodriguez
5Edinson Volquez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jason Grilli
2Mark Melancon
3Tony Watson
4Justin Wilson
5Bryan Morris
6Stolmy Pimentel
7Jeanmar Gomez