Morton Ahead of Schedule

BRADENTON — Opening day continues to look promising for right-hander Charlie Morton. After undergoing offseason left hip surgery to repair a labrum tear in mid-October, the 28-year-old looks to be ahead of the six months recovery time.

“Everything’s in a good place for Charlie, everything’s in a good place,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s continued to knockdown every challenge we’ve had in front of him. As far as getting up on a mound in time, he’s probably ahead of schedule from what we knocked out earlier, and now we just created a new schedule and we’ll go accordingly.”

Morton threw a bullpen session on Monday afternoon at Pirate City. And after day two of workouts, Hurdle said that Morton is in a good place medically.

“There’s been no hesitation, no step back,” Hurdle said. “He’s doing everything he needs to do. He feels good, mechanics are in a good place for where we are in February. The velocity, the arm strength, they are all showing good signs of a guy that’s in a good place medically.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_46YTB5OO4O7UM2OVB44UZSTXNA Nate

    This is very encouraging.  The Charlie of old seemed to be a low self-esteem kinda guy (didn’t want to use the quitter label…to harsh).  But after reestablishing his delivery, it seems that this Charlie is excited to see what he is capable of. 

  • http://twitter.com/yovanovich Jay Yovanovich

    I’m not expecting much from Morton.  And conflicting reports about his timetable is troubling.

  • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

    Hopefully he is throwing on a downward plane.

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