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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.

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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.

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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.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 6 Months

Morton (groin) was placed on the 60-day DL on Wednesday.

Morton tried, admirably, to pitch through his sports hernia, but with the pain in his groin, abdominal and hip areas persisting, the decision was made to just shut him down for the year. He acknowledged last week that surgery is a "possibility." Chaz Roe was claimed off waivers from the Yankees to take Morton's spot on the Pirates' 40-man roster.

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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,'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.