Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 days ago

Morton (hip) will start Monday against the Marlins, Tom Singer of MLB.com reports.

Morton walked four in his final rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis, but also fanned nine while giving up just two runs and two hits over 6.1 innings. He will come off the DL to replace Vance Worley in the rotation starting Monday, with his second start of the week then slated for Saturday in San Diego.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 1 week ago

Morton (hip) will replace Vance Worley in the rotation when he comes off the disabled list, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Morton is scheduled to make one more rehab start Tuesday, and if all goes well, he should return to the Pittsburgh rotation on regular rest. The right-hander has allowed just one earned run over 14 innings in his first two rehab starts, but did give up a concerning 11 hits his last time out. The 31-year-old seems to be progressing well in his recovery from offseason hip surgery, and could be worth a look in deeper and NL-only formats upon his return.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 1 week ago

Morton (hip) will make one more rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Indianapolis, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Morton has already posted two spectacular rehab outings, pitching one in Double-A and one at Triple-A. He lasted seven innings in each start, giving up just one run total between the two games. If all goes well in his next start Tuesday, he'll likely rejoin the rotation after that.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Morton (hip) will toss a bullpen session Monday and will pitch in a game with Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Morton continues to work his way back from a hip issue that has kept him out the first month of the season. All seems to be going well, and he could return to the starting rotation in relatively short order assuming he doesn't suffer a setback.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 3 weeks ago

Morton (hip) is on track to begin a rehab assignment later in the week, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Morton tossed a six-inning, 93-pitch simulated game at extended spring training Saturday, and appeared to come out of the outing without any concerns. He'll toss another bullpen session in front of the Pirates' brass Tuesday as a final tune-up before getting the go-ahead to begin the assignment. It's not clear which affiliate Morton would join.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 3 weeks ago

Morton (hip) will pitch another extended spring game instead of making a rehab start with High-A Bradenton, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports.

It is not clear if this move was done for any reason other than convenience, and with no news of a setback, we still expect Morton to go on a rehab outing sometime soon. He could rejoin the Pirates' rotation sometime in late May.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 1 month ago

Morton (hip) will make another start in extended spring training before going out on a rehab assignment, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Morton threw 55 pitches in an extended spring game last week, and although manager Clint Hurdle described that as a "step forward," it appears he'll need another one of approximately four innings and 65 pitches. At this point, it sounds likely that Morton will need several rehab starts, pushing his projected return to the middle of May.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 1 month 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 months 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 months 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.