Charlie Morton Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

Right-hander Charlie Morton underwent surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow today. The surgery, most commonly known as Tommy John, was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, FL.

The recovery period for this type of surgery is typically 12-18 months.

Chris Mueller of 93.7 the fan was the first to report that Morton may need to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery early this morning. Dejan Kovacevic of the Trib also confirmed the report. Morton felt discomfort in his elbow while throwing a bullpen session on Sunday.

Morton was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 1 with right elbow inflammation following his four run, four inning outing — which was his shortest outing of the season — on May 30 against Cincinnati.

After posting a 2.65 ERA over his first three starts in April, Morton has a posted a 5.70 ERA after his eighth start of the season on Tuesday at PNC Park against Cincinnati. He also saw a decline in velocity, with his sinker averaging 90.0 mph in May, where last May it averaged 91.8 mph.

Morton was coming off a solid 2011 season when he posted a career-best 3.83 ERA over a team-leading 171.2 innings. The right-hander was throwing on flat ground as recent as this weekend.

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  • http://twitter.com/scott_klima Scott BUCN Klima

    Just another reason why Owens and/or Locke should be in Pittsburgh

    • Lee Young

      or both?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-YaZhynka/100000448392567 Richard Ya’Zhynka

    My first inclination was to think that Morton may have had too much of an increase in innings pitched last year. But when I Iooked at the numbers, I found that he only pitched 12 more innings last year than he did in 2010. In 2009 – with Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and the minors – he pitched 168.2. So, last years 171.2 wasn’t much of an increase at all.

    • Matt Beam

      wonder if the change in arm slot was really good for his sink, but harder than anybody realized on his elbow. feel for the kid though

      might be better for the Pirates to have him take most of next year getting well as we’ll likely have a better chance of keeping him as a free agent than otherwise

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vince-Riedy/100002800992567 Vince Riedy

    Charlie had a great start and the struggled. It seems like pitchers struggle for several outing before this diagnosis is made.

    What is even worse the Bucs most likely will lose Morton since he is arbitration eligible after this year and he won’t really be back to his free agent year of 2014.

  • st1300b

    Dissapointing year for Ground Chuck, but I’m not concerned with losing him. We have depth on depth of young talented SP prospects in the minors ready to go. It’s not like your losing Jmac, Bedard, or Burnett – Charlie was average to poor this year – we can get that from anyone and he’s never been great – only had the potential of great.
    Agree that Owens time to prove it or lose it is here – Lincoln by the way is another that I have had enough time to know he is a bullpen guy – period. I’d think that the other guy who needs a shot with Owens though is VandenHurk or whatever his name is. Lights out is what he’s been – give him the shot!

  • http://twitter.com/oaklandzoo10 mike & rachel

    Time to bring up Owens and another from triple A. Move Lincoln and Kevin C. To the pen

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