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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 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. Dec 12 - 3:38 PM

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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.
Oct 25 - 10:05 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.
Sep 26 - 5:13 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.
Sep 26 - 10:26 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.
Sep 24 - 8:00 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.
Sep 19 - 3:16 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.
Sep 16 - 10:49 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.
Sep 14 - 11:11 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."
Sep 10 - 11:02 AM

Charlie Morton (sports hernia) threw a 76-pitch simulated game Tuesday.

Morton's sports hernia was still bothering him during a rehab start last week, and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the righty "felt the same" physical Tuesday. He'll throw a bullpen session Thursday or Friday, then another sim game in on Tuesday. "We're just trying to keep his arm alive. We're not ready to run him back into the rotation," Hurdle said.
Sep 2 - 6:29 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Friday that Charlie Morton (sports hernia) didn't feel any improvement during his rehab start Thursday.

The Pirates haven't officially revealed what the next step is for the right-hander, but obviously he won't be rejoining the rotation anytime soon. Morton had been hoping to delay sports hernia surgery until the offseason, but it's possible that he'll now go ahead and have the procedure.
Aug 29 - 4:45 PM

Charlie Morton (sports hernia) struck out six while allowing two runs over four innings in his first rehab start with Double-A Altoona on Thursday.

Morton could be ready to rejoin the Pirates' rotation next week, though the club hasn't made anything official. He's been on the shelf since mid-August with a sports hernia.
Aug 29 - 8:23 AM

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

Morton was cleared for game action after throwing a couple bullpen sessions with no issues. He'll throw five innings and/or 75 pitches for Altoona on Thursday. It's not clear how many rehab starts the sinkerballer will need, but he should be ready to rejoin the Pirates' rotation pretty soon.
Aug 25 - 9:25 PM

Charlie Morton's injury designation has been changed from right hip inflammation to a sports hernia.

It's a more serious injury, but Morton said he hopes to return later this season. Surgery is a possibility, but the right-hander is hoping to delay it until the offseason. Morton pitched with the injury for a while before finally being placed on the DL over the weekend.
Aug 20 - 3:33 PM

Pirates placed RHP Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 16, with right hip inflammation.

It's not clear how long the hip has been bothering Morton, but it could help to explain why he's been knocked around for five runs in each of his last two outings. Morton had hip surgery in 2011, but that was on his left hip. He should be OK to return at the beginning of September, but the Pirates can afford to proceed cautiously with him since the rest of the rotation is pitching so well. Gerrit Cole (lat) will be activated from the DL on Wednesday to take Morton's rotation spot.
Aug 17 - 12:50 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
4Elias Diaz
5Sebastian Valle
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
3Sean Rodriguez
2B1Neil Walker
2Gustavo Nunez
3Jake Elmore
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Pedro Florimon
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
2Deibinson Romero
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Travis Snider
3Andrew Lambo
4Willy Garcia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
7Jeremy Bleich
8Nick Kingham
9Jameson Taillon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4John Holdzkom
5Jared Hughes
6Brandon Cumpton
7Stolmy Pimentel
8Casey Sadler
9Bobby LaFromboise
10Rob Scahill
11Radhames Liz
12Deolis Guerra
13Blake Wood
14Brad Lincoln