Pirates Pregame: Update on Charlie Morton

The Pittsburgh Pirates doctors have diagnosed pitcher Charlie Morton with “some shoulder tightness in the back” according to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.

Charlie Morton

Charlie Morton has “some shoulder tightness in his back” according to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.

Morton left his Friday start for Indianapolis in the third inning and returned to Pittsburgh on Saturday to be examined by the team’s medical staff.

“Nothing more significant or serious than that so we’re going to slow him down, have him play some flat-ground catch and hopefully later in the week throw a bullpen session,” Hurdle said. “Following that we hope to resume his rehab pitching.”

The Pirates travel to play the Mets at Citi Field later this week and Hurdle said Morton would accompany the team and likely throw his bullpen session in New York.

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Lineups:

Washington (16-15, 2nd place National League East)
1. Span cf
2. Desmond ss
3. Harper lf
4. Zimmerman 3b
5. LaRoche 1b
6. Moore rf
7. Espinosa 2b
8. Ramos c
9. Gonzalez p

Pittsburgh (17-13, 2nd place National League Central)
1. Marte lf
2. Mercer 2b
3. McCutchen cf
4. Sanchez 1b
5. Martin 3b
6. McKenry c
7. Inge rf
8. McDonald ss
9. Rodriguez p

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Tom Bragg is a beat writer and analyst for PiratesProspects.com. He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com, FoxSports.com). Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomBraggSports

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