Charlie Morton SP PIT 4 days ago

Morton (hip) will throw three-to-four innings Saturday in an extended spring game in Tampa Bay, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.

It sounds like he is nearing a rehab assignment, and while he may need a couple outings in the minor leagues, Morton could rejoin the Pirates' rotation in late-April/early-May if everything goes well.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 weeks ago

The Pirates placed Morton on the 15-day DL after an ineffective outing Saturday which featured a drop in his fastball velocity.

Morton will likely work himself back into condition during extended spring training. The righthander wasn't initially expected back until the third week of April after undergoing hip surgery, making Saturday's announcement not that big of a surprise. He struggled during spring training with an 8.47 ERA and 6:10 K:BB ratio in 17 IP.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Morton (hip) was placed on the 15-day DL, the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Morton gave up five earned runs with five walks in 1.2 innings in Saturday's spring training start. His spring ERA rose to 8.47. He may not be fully recovered from offseason hip surgery. The Pirates had planned for him to make his first start April 12 and it's not clear if placing him on the DL, or Saturday's poor outing, changes that plan.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Morton (hip) allowed six runs on four hits and five walks in 1.2 innings Saturday. He also hit two batters and struck out three others on 70 pitches.

Morton entered Saturday with bad spring numbers and pitched even worse. His fastball velocity sat 87 mph, down significantly from his customary 91-2 mph average. Fantasy owners will want to tread lightly with Morton. With a new delivery, an ongoing recovery from hip surgery and a history of inconsistency, Morton might not hold much fantasy value in the beginning of 2015.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 3 weeks ago

Morton (hip) gave up three earned runs in six innings Saturday, allowing six hits and two walks without striking out a batter, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "I thought he showed progress as the game went on," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He maintained focus and stayed aggressive."

The current plan is for Morton to pitch Thursday and then throw in an extended spring training contest April 7. That would put him on course to make his season debut for the Pirates at home against the Brewers on April 12.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 4 weeks ago

Morton (hip) allowed seven runs in 4.1 innings Sunday and could stay behind in Florida when camp breaks, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle said its an option to have Morton pitch in extended spring training following camp. "I think we need to see more before we go in that place," Hurdle said. "We need to keep letting him pitch." The righthander, coming off September hip surgery, tweaked his mechanics to shorten his arm motion but so far the adjustment hasn't paid dividends. "Where I'm at right now is I've got to start focusing on competing executing pitches and getting guys out instead of mechanical things," Morton noted.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 1 month ago

Morton (hip) struggled with his command Wednesday as he worked on a mechanical pitching change against Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"Brutal," Morton said of his early command Wednesday. "The mechanical adjustment I made is taking a little time to get used to. It's a timing thing." The righthander, who registered seven ground ball outs versus two fly-ball outs, has now thrown five Grapefruit League innings. He'll either start the season in the rotation or join it shortly thereafter.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 1 month ago

Morton made his first appearance since undergoing offseason hip surgery last September, and remains on track to be ready for Opening Day, Bob Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Morton seems to be doing fine, and pitched two innings Thursday, but struggled somewhat (allowing two hits and two walks). He still seems to be a candidate to be ready for Opening Day, but it should become clearer as it draws nearer.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 months ago

Morton (hip) threw live batting practice Tuesday and believes he'll be ready to join the rotation at the start of the regular season, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Morton is rehabbing aggressively but the team can get by without a fifth starter for the first couple weeks of the season. Regardless of when righty is finally activated, his progression from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip is no doubt a positive for Morton and the Pirates.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 months ago

Morton (hip) has begun throwing up to 30-to-40 pitches in bullpen sessions, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.Morton resumed mound work in January, and appears to be upping his activity with each passing week as he zeroes in on a return for Opening Day. The right-hander will likely face some limitations throughout spring training, but assuming he's sufficiently healthy by the time the Pirates break camp, he'll likely have a line on a rotation spot. The 31-year-old posted a 3.72 ERA and 1.27 WHIP while covering 157.1 innings last season.