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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) will be activated from the disabled list to start on Monday against the Marlins.
Morton has been healthy for a while, but the Pirates wanted him to work on his mechanics as he made his way back from hip surgery. He appears to have accomplished that with a 1.33 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 20 1/3 innings during a rehab assignment. Vance Worley has been moved to the Pirates' bullpen. May 22 - 4:35 PM

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Charlie Morton (hip) will make one more rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.

Morton has yielded just one earned run with a 13/2 K/BB ratio over 14 innings during his first two rehab outings, but the Pirates decided to give him one more tune-up before he rejoins the rotation. The club hasn't revealed whether it will be Jeff Locke or Vance Worley who loses their rotation spot when Morton returns.
May 17 - 10:03 AM

The Pirates will make a decision about Charlie Morton's (hip) next step after he throws a bullpen session in front of the club in Chicago on Saturday.

Morton has been terrific in his two rehab starts, allowing just one earned run with a 13/2 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. Manager Clint Hurdle wouldn't comment Friday about when Morton would rejoin the rotation or possibly the bullpen, but a decision will be made soon.
May 15 - 12:25 PM

Charlie Morton (hip) will make his next rehab start at Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.

Morton was excellent in his first rehab outing at Double-A Altoona on Friday, allowing just two hits while striking out five over seven scoreless frames. "It was a very positive, very encouraging performance," manager Clint Hurdle said. The Pirates hadn't intended to bring Morton back until late May or possibly early June, but he could conceivably push up that timetable with another nice showing Thursday.
May 10 - 11:38 AM

Charlie Morton (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on Friday.

He was originally supposed to begin the assignment last weekend, but the Pirates decided to pitch him in another extended spring training game instead. Morton is already stretched out to nearly 90 pitches, so he doesn't really need to be built up anymore. However, he's not expected to rejoin the Pirates' rotation until late May or early June.
May 6 - 10:25 AM

Charlie Morton (hip) isn't expected to be activated until late May or early June.

Morton threw six innings and 93 pitches in an extended spring training game Saturday and will next have a bullpen session Tuesday. He's expected to begin a rehab assignment after that and could use his entire 30-day allotment before rejoining the Pirates' rotation.
May 3 - 1:08 PM

Charlie Morton (hip) will pitch in another extended spring training game on Saturday rather than begin a rehab assignment at High-A Bradenton.

No reason was given for the change, but it doesn't look like a setback. Morton had been slated to throw seven innings and/or 90 pitches for Bradenton but will instead do it at the Pirates' spring training complex. He remains ticketed for a return to the big club's rotation pretty soon.
May 1 - 5:39 PM

Charlie Morton (hip) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Bradenton on Saturday.

He'll go seven innings and/or 90 pitches. Morton has been fully recovered from hip surgery for a while, but the Pirates have had him work on his mechanics in extended spring training. Manager Clint Hurdle wasn't sure how many rehab starts Morton would need before being activated. "We're taking 'em one at a time," Hurdle said.
Apr 28 - 11:05 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

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
2Jose Tabata
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