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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 provided a quality start in Friday's loss to the Indians, yielding three runs on four hits over six innings.
Morton struck out three and walked three in the outing. Runs scored in the second and fourth innings, when Morton allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Moss and an RBI double to Michael Bourne, respectively. The loss dropped him to 6-2 on the season. In addition to the solid record, Morton holds a 4.30 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Up next on the docket, a home start against the Padres. Jul 4 - 1:23 AM

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Charlie Morton allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings in a win over the Braves on Saturday.

Morton struggled for a second straight start but managed to limit the damage in this one. That was due in part to his six strikeouts while not walking a batter. Morton owned a 1.62 ERA on June 16, but after his last two starts he's up to a 4.28 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP. Morton will carry a 6-1 record into Friday's interleague tilt with the Indians.
Jun 27 - 8:34 PM

Charlie Morton couldn't escape the first inning, surrendering nine runs in two-thirds of an inning as the Pirates lost big on Sunday.

Bryce Harper started the scoring with a two-run home run. They would score four more runs in five hits, a walk, and a stolen base. Yunel Escobar capped off the inning with a three-run home run. Overall, Morton gave up eight hits and a walk while recording one strikeout. Needless to say, he's had better days. The outing balloons his ERA from 1.62 entering to 3.97 exiting. He also has a 1.24 WHIP and a 16/9 K/BB ratio over 34 innings spanning six starts since coming off of the DL. Morton will try to rebound at home against the Braves next weekend.
Jun 21 - 4:29 PM

Charlie Morton fired seven innings of shutout ball to take the win on Tuesday against the White Sox, improving his record to 5-0.

Morton hasn't allowed a run since the fifth inning of his June 5 start against the Braves. The right-hander limited the White Sox to just four hits (all singles) and a walk while striking out three. Morton has been terrific in four of five starts thus far, owning a 1.62 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and a 15/8 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings. He'll take his scoreless-innings streak into a road trip finale against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.
Jun 16 - 10:05 PM

Charlie Morton dominated the Brewers on Wednesday, firing 7 1/3 scoreless innings to improve to 4-0.

Morton limited the Brewers to three hits -- all singles -- and three walks while striking out six. The right-hander has been terrific in four starts since making his season debut, compiling a 2.05 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP and a 12/7 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings. Morton hasn't missed many bats, which makes him a questionable long-term fantasy asset, but he has streaming value and can be a good play in daily leagues. He'll get the White Sox at home in his next start.
Jun 10 - 9:34 PM

Charlie Morton improved to 3-0 after allowing four runs (three earned) over five innings Friday against the Braves.

It wasn't pretty, but he'll take it. Morton gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out just one batter. However, he kept the ball on the ground and induced three double plays, so things could have been worse. Morton will try to stay undefeated when he brings a 2.84 ERA into a start against the Brewers at home next week.
Jun 6 - 12:39 AM

Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- Saturday in a win over the Padres.

Morton struck out just two, but he had the sinker working, getting a total of 16 groundball outs. If he keeps that up, he'll have a little mixed-league value this year. Up next for him is a favorable matchup against the Braves.
May 31 - 2:52 AM

Charlie Morton, making his first start of the season, got the win after limiting the Marlins to two runs in seven innings of work on Monday.

Giancarlo Stanton was responsible for both runs, hitting an RBI single in the first inning and a solo home run in the third. Morton had his ground ball stuff working, inducing 20 of them compared to one fly ball. He scattered eight hits overall, walked none, and struck out three. Morton will look to repeat the success in a weekend start in San Diego against the Padres next.
May 25 - 9:33 PM

Pirates activated RHP Charlie Morton from the 15-day disabled list.

Morton will make his 2015 debut for the Pirates on Monday night against the Marlins. He posted very good numbers on his lengthy minor league rehab assignment and could be worth a shot in some standard mixed fantasy leagues.
May 25 - 3:16 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
3Sean Rodriguez
2B1Neil Walker
2Steve Lombardozzi
SS1Jung Ho Kang
2Jordy Mercer
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Gorkys Hernandez
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
5Arquimedes Caminero
6Rob Scahill
7Deolis Guerra
8Brandon Cumpton