Game Recaps

Morton Makes Final Rehab Start

Morton Makes Final Rehab Start

Right-hander Charlie Morton made his one and only final rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis against the Columbus Clippers on Monday night. The 28-year-old allowed one run on six hits over 7.2 innings. He walked one and struck out eight. Morton threw 98 pitches, 63 for strikes.

Morton was placed on the 15-day disabled list to start the 2012 season due to offseason left hip surgery. The move was retroactive to March 29, making him eligible for reinstatement on April 13.  His rehab start tonight is expected to be his final before rejoining the club in San Francisco.

The decision to hold Morton back instead of joining the team out of spring training was to build up his innings and pitch count. The right-hander was behind schedule in the starting rotation. General Manager Neal Huntington said he wanted him to get to 100 pitches in the Minor Leagues before rejoining the club.

With the way the Pirates off days lineup to start the season, the club doesn’t technically need a fifth starter until April 14 with keeping the rotation on regular five days rest. The Pirates will face the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Saturday. After being placed on the DL, Morton said he expected to be given the ball on the 14th.

  • realist001

    Why isn’t Morris closing? What is the point of wasting time with guys like Reyes and Wood in the 9th? They have no future.

    • lol

    • Usually minor league relief prospects don’t close. The prospects pitch middle relief so that they can make “scheduled” appearances. If you make Morris the closer, then you’re limiting his use to whenever a closer is needed.

  • realist001

    I see. Didn’t he only pitch to 1 batter last night? Not sure what that accomplishes.

Game Recaps

More in Game Recaps

Gregory Polanco

Polanco Debuts to Warm Reception, Lukewarm Start

James SantelliJune 11, 2014
PNC Park Fireworks

Pirates Take 2-1 Lead Over Cardinals: Five Key Moments From Tonight’s Win

Tim WilliamsOctober 6, 2013

Pirates Beat the Cardinals 7-1 to Even the Series

James SantelliOctober 4, 2013
Andrew McCutchen

Nothing Goes Right For the Pirates As They Drop Game One 9-1

Tim WilliamsOctober 3, 2013
Russell Martin

The Pirates Bought a Wild Card Win Against the Reds

Tim WilliamsOctober 2, 2013

The 94th Win Providing Some Questions For Next Year

Tim WilliamsSeptember 29, 2013

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects