5 years ago

Charlie Morton (elbow) has already thrown four bullpen sessions and hopes to throw live batting practice before the end of spring training.

The right-hander appears to be a bit ahead of schedule from June Tommy John surgery, but the Pirates obviously aren't going to rush him back. Morton still doesn't figure to be ready to pitch for the big club until around the All-Star break, and even at that point he's not a guarantee to join the rotation.