Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 Months

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.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 Months

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.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 Months

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.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 Months

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.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 Months

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.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 Months

Morton was placed on the 15-day DL Sunday due to right hip inflammation.

Morton lasted just three innings Friday, and has allowed five earned runs in back-to-back starts, but it's possible the injury has affected his performance. He'll be out of commission until early September, with the move clearing up a spot for Gerrit Cole to start Wednesday against the Brewers. For now, Brent Morel was recalled to serve as a temporary replacement on the roster.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 Months

Morton struggled once again on Friday, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks in just three innings. He struck out three.

He's been tagged for four or more runs in five of his last seven starts, giving him a ghastly ERA of 6.00 over that stretch, and he hasn't won a decision in over a month. The Pirates may need to think about removing Morton from the rotation if they want to stay in the wild card hunt.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 Months

Morton labored through five innings in Sunday's loss to San Diego, allowing five hits and five earned runs while walking one and striking out five.

Morton cruised through the first three innings before running into trouble in the top of the fourth. The wheels then came off in the fifth inning, as Morton gave up three hits and four runs, with Seth Smith's bases-clearing triple doing the damage. Morton, who's now 5-11 with a 3.62 ERA on the year, will next take the hill Friday in Washington.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 3 Months

Morton tossed a solid game Tuesday against the Marlins but settled for a no-decision, after he pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits and four walks while striking out four batters.

Although he got a no-decision Tuesday after the Pirates bullpen blew the lead for him, Morton did at least rebound for a quality start. Prior to Tuesday's outing, Morton had allowed eight runs in his last two starts (spanning 11 innings). Morton now has a solid 3.43 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 144.1 innings pitched this year. His next start is set for Sunday at home against the Padres.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 3 Months

Charlie Morton allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings in Wednesday's no-decision against the Giants.

Morton has now failed to turn in a quality start in three of his last four starts, a bad trend for a guy who will never have much fantasy value for his strikeout ability. Morton walked three batters while striking out two. The right-hander owns a 3.54 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 22 starts, and he'll match up with the Marlins on Tuesday.