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Morton is dealing with groin, abdominal and hip pain and will miss his scheduled start Sunday, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Travis Sawchik reports.
He said he was discouraged by his bullpen session Thursday and will be evaluated next week, adding that surgery is a "possibility." It sounds like those chasing counting stats in single-season mixed leagues might be best served to move on from Morton. Vance Worley will get the start Sunday in Morton's place. The best-case scenario for Morton's owners is that he feels better next week and can make his final start of the season Sept. 26 in Cincinnati.
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The Pirates will evaluate Morton's (hernia) immediate future based off of his Tuesday start. "If Charlie throws well it gives Vance (Worley) a bit of a breather, which is not the end of the world," GM Neal Huntington told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "If Charlie doesn't throw well, we'll bridge the gap and bring Vance in behind him and go from there."
Morton, who hasn't pitched in the majors since Aug. 15, allowed 26 runs in his last 39 innings prior to going on the DL. Pittsburgh is hoping that the time off gives him a fresh outlook, but Morton said just several days ago that he thought he was probably through for 2014. "My impression is that they want me to stay ready in case something bad happens to someone else," Morton told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "And my impression is for me to go out and pitch again, someone's going to have to get hurt or struggle."
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Morton (hernia) will start Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, MLB.com's Tom Singer reports.
Morton is set to return to action after throwing a five-inning simulated game last week. He will replace Vance Worley in the Pirates' rotation.
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Morton (hernia) threw a five-inning, 86-pitch simulated game Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Morton reported feeling good after the simulated game, and said he believed he was ready to pitch now. Manager Clint Hurdle said the team's plan is to have Morton continue throwing bullpen sessions and simulated games before determining a return date. Hurdle also left open the possibility that Morton could return to the team out of the bullpen, though there hasn't been an official decision yet.
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Morton (hernia) threw a bullpen session Friday and is scheduled to throw a simulated game in Philadelphia on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports.
This is in line with his previously discussed rehab plan, and following Tuesday's sim game we should have a better idea when Morton will return to the Pirates' rotation.
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Morton (hernia) threw a simulated game Tuesday and manager Clint Hurdle has planned a side session for Morton either Thursday or Friday followed by another simulated game Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Morton is still on the road to recovery from a sports hernia that has cause him to miss the past few weeks. Manager Clint Hurdle will decide where to go once the simulated game is completed Tuesday, as the team awaits Morton's return to the rotation for the playoff run in September.
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Morton said Saturday that a decision has not been made regarding possible sports hernia surgery, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Morton fanned six over four innings in a rehab start for Double-A Altoona on Thursday, but he also gave up two runs on four hits and was clearly grimacing on most of his follow-throughs. Perhaps the Pirates will decide to just send him for surgery, but Morton said he'd be open to pitching out of the bullpen over the rest of the season.
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The Pirates are unsure whether Morton (sports hernia) will pitch in Pittsburgh in September after a tepid rehab start for Double-A Altoona on Thursday.
Morton grimaced during his follow-through on a majority of his pitches. His velocity -- 88 to 92 mph was decent enough for a late-season appearance -- but he didn't dominate the Double-A batters he faced. Don't look for Morton to pitch again unless the Pirates get hit by a number of other injuries, as the righty is operating at far less than 100 percent.
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Morton (sports hernia) will make a rehab start at Double-A Altoona on Thursday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Morton is expected to throw five innings, with a cap around 75 pitches. The Pirates would probably prefer to have Morton make two turns in the minors before returning to the rotation, but with the team in a dogfight for one of the two Wild Card spots, his activation could be hastened.
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Morton, who was originally placed on the DL on Sunday with right hip inflammation, has been re-diagnosed with a sports hernia, MLB.com's Tom Singer reports.
Morton still intends to return this season, however, the nature of this injury would seem to be more problematic than simple inflammation. Sports hernias typically require a surgical procedure, but Morton plans to push that back to the offseason in an attempt to pitch through the ailment. The Pirates are quickly fading from the NL playoff race in the wake of their seven-game losing streak, and if they find themselves out of contention by the time Morton is deemed ready to return, the team brass may just opt to shut the right-hander down for the season and send him in for surgery.