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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
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Charlie Morton was touched up for five runs in five innings in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.
He cruised through the first four innings before things started falling apart in the fifth. He surrendered a two-run double to Evan Longoria in that frame before the Rays strung together a bunch of singles in the sixth to plate three more runs charged to Morton. He gave up a total of eight hits and two walks while punching out six. This was the first clunker of the season for the 33-year-old. His record falls to 1-2 as his ERA climbs to 3.86 through four starts. He has 19 strikeouts and eight walks in 21 innings in his first campaign with the Astros. Apr 22 - 9:24 PM

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Charlie Morton scattered five hits over five innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout of the Angels on Monday.

All five hits were singles. Morton's win was his first as a member of the Astros. He has a 2.81 ERA after three starts. There isn't much mixed-league upside here, but he should remain quite solid if he can stay healthy.
Apr 17 - 11:47 PM

Charlie Morton allowed three earned runs over five innings Monday as the Astros fell to the Mariners.

Morton struck out six, but he gave up seven hits and walked two and the Houston offense couldn't manage a single run against James Paxton and the Seattle bullpen. Morton carried some fantasy hype into the 2017 season after his strong spring, but he stands 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA and 1.45 WHIP through two starts covering 11 innings. A road start versus the A's is next.
Apr 10 - 8:08 PM

Charlie Morton gave up two runs on five hits while working six innings against the Mariners on Wednesday.

He fanned four, issued two free passes and did not earn a decision in the extra-inning game. It was nice to see Morton back on the mound after he missed all but four games last season with a torn hamstring. He moved to the Astros as a free agent this offseason and has garnered some hype as a potential sleeper. He saw a velocity uptick last season in a small sample and it moved even higher this spring. He has a career 4.54 ERA in 893 innings but perhaps something better is in the offing for 2017.
Apr 6 - 1:06 AM

Charlie Morton allowed three hits over 4 1/3 innings in the Astros' 2-0 shutout of the Mets on Friday.

Morton struck out four in his latest strong outing. He's sporting a 1.05 ERA in 17 1/3 innings. There probably isn't any mixed-league potential here, but the Astros are probably going to be glad they signed him.
Mar 24 - 4:45 PM

Charlie Morton gave up two runs -- both unearned -- while striking out seven batters in four innings during a 5-4 win over the Nationals.

The 33-year-old has been electric so far this spring. He wields a 1.83 ERA with 13 punchouts in 13 innings. He signed a two-year free agent deal with the Astros this winter after missing most of last year to a hamstring injury that required surgery. He made only four starts in 2016, with a 4.15 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings. He has a rotation slot all but sewn up already.
Mar 18 - 5:53 PM

Charlie Morton pitched three hitless innings and struck out four Wednesday as the Astros trounced a Mets split-squad 12-2.

Morton has pitched six scoreless innings. It would have taken a disastrous spring to cost him a rotation spot, and it doesn't seem like that will happen. He's held on to the velocity gain he experienced before blowing out his hamstring last year, and he should be a solid starter for Houston, albeit one not particularly useful in fantasy leagues.
Mar 8 - 4:38 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
1B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Marwin Gonzalez
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
LF1Nori Aoki
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Charlie Morton
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
7Brad Peacock
8David Paulino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Will Harris
3Luke Gregerson
4Tony Sipp
5Chris Devenski
6Michael Feliz
7Jandel Gustave
8James Hoyt
9Mike Hauschild