Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 days 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 1 week 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 months ago

Morton (hip) threw off a mound Tuesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Morton threw about 15-to-20 pitches during the session, his first off a mound since undergoing surgery Sept. 26 to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. The right-hander previous underwent the same procedure on his other hip in October 2011, and his experience with the injury leads him to believe he'll be fully recovered in time for Opening Day.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 3 months ago

Morton (hip) believes he'll be ready to join the Pirates' starting rotation by Opening Day, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

"When I get on the mound (in spring training), that will give me a great indicator of where I am," Morton said. The righthander, who underwent hip surgery in September, is already throwing from 120 feet. When healthy, Morton is expected to slot into Pittsburgh's rotation as it's third or fourth starter.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 4 months ago

Morton (hip) is progressing well from his hip surgery in September and hopes to be ready by April, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Morton had a decent 2014 campaign before landing on the disabled list with a variety of injuries, posting a 3.72 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 26 starts. Even if he's ready by April, it seems as though he'll miss at least part of spring training, so the 31-year-old may not be ready by the start of the season.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 6 months ago

Morton underwent surgery Friday to repair the labrum in his right hip, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Morton will have an estimated timetable of 6-8 months for recovery from the injury. He has undergone major surgery three times in the past four years, including surgery on the labrum in his left hip in October of 2011. The Pirates will be without his services for the postseason and Morton's availability for the start of next season could be questionable.