BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Charlie Morton made his Grapefruit League debut against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at McKechnie Field. Although scattering four hits over his outing, Morton was able to keep the Phillies from scoring in his two scoreless frames with two strikeouts.
"It’s the next phase of his comeback to pitch plan," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "The training wheels are off, he faced live hitters. Got out of a couple innings. Threw about all his pitches. Very good to see him out there today."
The Pirates starters have now combined to toss 10.0 scoreless innings over the last four games and have been charged with just one earned run in their last 19.2 innings.
The bats struggled against the Phillies right-hander Vance Worley in the Pirates 4-1 loss, who tossed four perfect innings, striking out eight of the 12 batters he faced.
"He threw four pitches for strikes," Hurdle said. "He had pinpoint fastball command. He dotted the glove. You would lik...