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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 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

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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

Charlie Morton will have a consultation with Dr. Thomas Byrd before deciding whether to undergo sports hernia surgery.

It was Byrd who repaired Morton’s torn left hip labrum in 2011. Morton has already been shut down for the season after pitching through pain since June, and he seems likely to ultimately opt for surgery. It won't affect his availability for spring training.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Pirates placed RHP Charlie Morton on the 60-day disabled list with a sports hernia.

Without a shot at returning this season, the move is largely procedural. Morton should be back and ready to go in spring after posting a 6-12 record and 3.72 ERA in 26 starts this season.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 08:00:00 PM

Charlie Morton (sports hernia) has been scratched from Sunday's start against the Brewers.

Morton managed to toss five shutout innings in his return to the rotation Tuesday, but his sports hernia was bothering him and he was still in a subsequent bullpen session. It seems unlikely that he'll return this season. Vance Worley will take the ball on Sunday.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 03:16:00 PM

Charlie Morton returned to the Pirates' rotation and hurled five shutout innings in Tuesday's 4-0 defeat of the Red Sox.

Morton had missed a month dealing with a sports hernia but didn't seem too bothered by it against the Red Sox. The right-hander scattered four hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. He'll go into the latter half of September with a 3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 126/57 K/BB ratio. Morton will make a home start against the Brewers on Sunday in his next outing.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 10:49:00 PM

Charlie Morton (sports hernia) will rejoin the Pirates' rotation on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Morton is dealing with a sports hernia that will require surgery after the season, but he'll try to gut it out in the final weeks. Vance Worley will move to the bullpen to accommodate him. Morton holds a 3.84 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 25 starts this season.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 11:11:00 AM

Charlie Morton (sports hernia) threw a five-inning, 86-pitch simulated game Tuesday.

The Pirates will meet next Monday to decide what to do with Morton. They could bring him back as a reliever, but manager Clint Hurdle has indicated that he prefers to keep Morton in reserve as a starter should a need arise in the rotation. "Charlie wants to be a part of it. [We’ll] keep an active, live arm that might get to a point where he can give us five innings, can throw 85 pitches," Hurdle said. "You can lose a pitcher in a day. You can lose two pitchers in two days. If it gets to a point where the pain plateaus and he starts feeling better, then we’ll have another option."
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 11:02:00 AM

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2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
4Wilkin Castillo
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Pedro Florimon
4Justin 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
5Vance Worley
6Jeff Locke
7Chris Volstad
8Clayton Richard
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4John Holdzkom
5Jared Hughes
6Radhames Liz
7Stolmy Pimentel
8Rob Scahill
9Brandon Cumpton
10Arquimedes Caminero
11Blake Wood