The Pittsburgh Pirates have moved right handed pitcher Bryan Morris to the Altoona bullpen full time, first reported by Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror. Morris had struggled this year with injuries, and with poor performance out of the rotation, with a 6.04 ERA in 25.1 innings, along with a 17:16 K/BB ratio. The struggles were strange, as Morris threw 89 innings at the AA level in 2010, with a 4.25 ERA and an 84:31 K/BB ratio.
Morris has fared better in the bullpen, with a 2.03 ERA in 13.1 innings, along with an 11:1 K/BB ratio, including tonight's outing: three innings with just one unearned run allowed on two hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. Morris pitched 9.1 innings out of the bullpen at the end of May/beginning of June, allowing just one earned run. He moved back to the rotation, and combined to give up 11 earned runs in eight innings over his next two starts, which led to this move.
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