Charlie Morton SP PIT 9 hours ago

Morton made his 2015 debut a successful one, allowing two runs on eight hits, he did not walk a batter, and struck out three over seven innings of a 4-2 win against Miami on Monday night.

Morton allowed a run-scoring single, and a solo home run to the Marlins' primary threat, Giancarlo Stanton, but he induced 16 ground ball outs and came away with an impressive win. Perhaps most encouraging given his struggles this spring following hip surgery during the off season, he needed just 87 pitches (63 for strikes) and did not issue a free pass. Over the past couple of seasons Morton showed that he is capable of helping a fantasy team when healthy, and might be a very appealing flyer for teams seeking rotation options.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 15 hours ago

Morton (hip) was activated from the 15-day DL and will start Monday against the Marlins.

Morton struggled throughout spring training after undergoing hip surgery late last season, but he convinced the Pirates he's good to go by tossing 6.1 innings of two-run ball with nine strikeouts in a start for Triple-A Indianapolis last week. He did walk four in that outing, but Morton had a good deal of success against Miami last season (two runs in 14 innings) and the Marlins have struggled to score runs this month (13th in NL).

Charlie Morton SP PIT 21 hours ago

Morton (hip), who will make his season debut Monday, allowed two runs in 14 innings against the Marlins in 2014.

The righty appeared to be on the verge of Steve Blass Disease at the end of spring training. Pittsburgh held him back, working with his mechanics at Pirate City before setting him up with three rehabs starts in Altoona and Indianapolis -- where he compiled a 1.33 ERA and 22:6 K:BB ratio in 20.1 innings. Morton will face a Marlins' squad which has scored seven runs one time in 23 May contests.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 4 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 4 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.